Bloggingheads: Of Cronkiters and corpora, of fishapods and FAIL

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My brother Carl, a science writer who blogs over at The Loom, has a regular gig on, interviewing science-y folks for "Science Saturday." For Carl's latest installment, the Bloggingheads producers suggested he interview me about lexicography and other wordy stuff. Many of the topics we cover, from lexical blends to snowclones, will be familiar to readers of Language Log and my Word Routes column on the Visual Thesaurus. So here is our nepotistic "diavlog" for your enjoyment. (Diavlog is a second-order blend, by the way: it blends dialog and vlog, with the latter element representing a blend of video and blog. Or make that third-order, since blog blends Web and log.)


  1. Sili said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    I'm sorry, but I think Carl has the looks in your family.

    (I'll listen anyway. I'm still impressed and amused at how small the blogosphere seems to be.)

  2. Sili said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    Oooooh. Good one! I hope this won't be the last time we see the Log represented on BH. I'd love to see Mark Liberman chat to Ben Goldacre.

    Funny to hear you avoiding a singular they. But thumbs up for using "one" instead of "you" as the impersonal pronoun.

  3. Benjamin Zimmer said,

    August 22, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    Sili: Just for the record, LL'er John McWhorter is a Bloggingheads regular, but his diavlogs have been more politically than linguistically inclined.

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