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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Strange New Words of 2014- WNYC

“Manspreading,” “Vape,” and Other Notable Words of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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The linguist, lexicographer, and language columnist Ben Zimmer talks about the notable words of 2014, including “polar vortex,” “manspreading,” and “conscious uncoupling.” Zimmer is the language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, the executive editor of, and the former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine.


 Ben Zimmer