The Lexicographer’s Dilemma

A sprightly introduction to the evolution of "proper" English, replete with grammatical developments, literary lore, and rules made to be broken.


April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…