The Loom

If you want to know how a new word gets into Oxford dictionaries, or are interested more generally in the bubbling cauldron of modern English, check out the the first post of new blog from Oxford University Press, From A to Zimmer. That’s Zimmer as in Ben Zimmer, lexicographer, editor at Oxford University Press, and brother.


  1. #1 Greg Peterson
    June 28, 2007

    That’s the first time I’d encountered “hangry.” That’s just too useful not to, uh…use.

  2. #2 djlactin
    June 28, 2007

    ok, so there’s a B zimmer and a C zimmer. Got an A or a D?

  3. #3 Alan Kellogg
    June 29, 2007

    You and Gerald Durrell, always in the shadow of a more famous sibling.

    BTW, saw your article on truly alien terrestrial life in the July Discover. Anything on the subject coming up here?

  4. #4 Stephen
    June 29, 2007

    On that grading scale, i’m in trouble. I can hear my folks saying: “You got an ‘S’?”.

    Of course, i could reply that it was all their fault.

  5. #5 Henry
    July 11, 2007

    Remarkable. And there was I, only yesterday, campaigning on behalf of the rambunctious anarchy of the English language against the siege and assault of the dismal trolls of regulation:
    I have bookmarked Brother Ben’s blog and will visit it regularly.

  6. #6 outeast
    July 25, 2007

    Ha! I’ve been reading Language Log (and hence reading numerous Zimmerposts) for ages: I had no idea you were related! Small world…

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