The Texas energy giant’s record for largest corporate bankruptcy has long since been overtaken, but linguists will be feasting on the Enron e-mail dataset for years.
Discussion around recent court decisions on gay marriage suggests that the pace of social change can be pretty swift.
The story of a familiar word shows how words carry their history within them.
A sentence consisting of a single word repeated multiple times shows the great flexibility of the English language.
The search to find out when bound books replaced scrolls leads to a new appreciation of why printed books still hold their own as a “high-tech” format.
High-frequency trading may be the hottest new thing on Wall Street, but the term for bots that make it happen has ancient roots.
A provocative bit of video considers the geographic variations in the questions people ask to take the measure of a stranger.
A document gone astray at tax time reminds the Monitor’s language columnist how technology has changed the distinctions between original and copy.
A conversation with a vertebrate paleontologist reminds the Monitor's language columnist just how many nuances enter into the way we describe life-forms.
A look at the two much-used terms for the rich and powerful.
More drive time this winter has given the Monitor's language columnist time to think – and copy-edit her fellow travelers' signage.
Writers should be wary of 'rules' that draw a distinction without making a difference.
'Kiev' still makes sense as the way to refer to the troubled capital, but that may change.
That wildly popular online New York Times dialect quiz illustrates, among other things, how rooted our word choices are in the environment we live in.