James Ramsay
James Ramsay

Say Your Name Over and Over and It'll Start to Sound Like Nonsense

Bologna. Bologna. Bologna. Bologna. Bologna. Sounding funny yet? There's a term for that word-overload: let's talk about semantic satiation.

Why Urban Dictionary is the Authority On Douchey Language

Look not to the well-edited dictionaries for the definition of "douche," but to the proliferation of chatter on Urban Dictionary and other amateur language blogs.

Why Is It So Hard to Describe a Book You Really Love?

You may love a book, like I loved Manuel Gonzales' 'The Miniature Wife,' but why is it so hard to articulate why? Is the only way to express book-love in tired cliches?

What Does English Sound Like

What does fake English sound like? That is, if you had to imitate English without using any real words.
News

Who Should I Vote For: Why I'm Voting For Connor Ratliff, Age 37

The Chris Gethard Show's 12 hour Election Day Special on MNN will feature 37-year-old presidential candidate Connor Ratliff.

Pride and Prejudice: The Classic Jane Austen Novel is Not Just for Girls

The common fallacy of Jane Austen novels is that they're girly. I believed that as well, until I picked up a copy of "Pride and Prejudice" and realized how important the book is for all genders.

Whom is Just the Fancy Who: Notes on the English Langue from Someone Who Practically Speaks It

The English language is malleable, ever-changing. But in America today, Justin Bieber holds the same power over the language as lexicographer Bryan Garner ... and that ain't right.

The Vendy Awards 2012: Why Good Food is Not Always Found on Park Avenue

My notes on the 8th annual Vendy Awards and the democratic opportunities of a foodie culture.

Americas Cup World Series: Real Sailors Do Not Wear Pads

Notes on the America's Cup, expensive boats, George-Michael Bluth, and my one year legacy as a competitive collegiate sailor.