Jonah has long awaited the chance to have Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the show, and now he’s finally here. In a particularly un-rank episode of The Remnant, Jonah asks John about the shifting nature of language, and if it’s really a good thing that usage shifts so rapidly (e.g. “literally”). Also, what grammar police campaigns have been successful in preserving grammatical order, and where have they failed?

Show Notes:

John’s many, many books

John’s podcast, Lexicon Valley

Jonah’s piece on Biden’s use of “literally”

Once more, Paul Bloom’s Just Babies

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  1. SParker Member

    Please. More. Soon.

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    • July 12, 2020, at 8:25 PM PDT
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  2. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The Ask/Axe thing reminds me of one of the greatest Onion headlines ever: “African American neighborhood terrorized by ask murderer”.

     

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    • July 28, 2020, at 11:06 AM PDT
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