Mister Splashy Pants

The Linguistics of Other People’s Pants (and Other Dishonorific Epithets)

The linguistics behind "dishonorifics." In this kind of naming construction, clearly honorifics are added in an ironic, tongue-in-cheek way.
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

Russia, China, and Patty Hearst

News books from Han Han, Jeffrey Tobin, Lara Vapnyar, and more with related links to JSTOR.
Turkish delight

Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis’s Guilty Pleasure?

Austerity during WWII was hardly the time for pounds of exotic candy. Yet The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe prominently features Turkish delight.
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

The Olympics, Dave Eggers, and Your Idiot Brain

Our Friday Reads are these five new books out this week, and links to related content you won’t find anywhere else.
Sir Walter Scott

What Sir Walter Scott’s Historical Fiction Reveals About the Brexit

A scholar locates early European Unionism in the works of Sir Walter Scott. How would Scott have voted in the Brexit referendum?
Mrs. Malaprop

The Monstrous Words Lurking in Your Language

“You have hissed all my mystery lectures. I saw you fight a liar in the back quad; in ...
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

New International Books

Five new books out this week, and links to related content you won’t find anywhere else.
JSTOR Daily Friday Reads

Joy Williams, Tennessee Williams, and More

Five new books out this week, and links to related content you won’t find anywhere else. Prose master ...
The Tornadoes

The Linguistics of My Next Band Name

Why do certain combinations of words make good band names? Linguistic research points to "semantic space."
Charlotte's Web

“What’s a life, anyway?” Remembering E. B. White

E.B. White was born on this day in 1899, and in lieu of a proper celebration—a lobster dinner ...