Geoff Nunberg Geoff Nunberg is the linguist contributor on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
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Bryan Henderson, who goes by Giraffedata, has written a 6,000-word essay on his Wikipedia user page explaining why he thinks "comprised of" is an egregious error. iStock hide caption

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Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

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Geoffrey Nunberg says technology makes it seem as if we're always being watched, which is creepy. Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Feeling Watched? 'God View' Is Geoff Nunberg's Word Of The Year

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Workers walk on a giant presidential election map of the U.S. made of ice in the skating rink at Rockefeller Center in 2004. The media still use "red" and "blue when talking about the electoral map, but not for a deep cultural divide. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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The Language That Divides America: From Red And Blue To Percents

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Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

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150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital'

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Hackers? Techies? What To Call San Francisco's Newcomers

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Decades ago, the SAT test was seen as a measure of raw ability, not as something students ought to cram for. Now, test prep is a huge industry. Linguist Geoff Nunberg wonders what exactly students learn when they're flipping through vocabulary flashcards. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Sorry Assiduous (adj.) SAT-Takers, Linguist In Dudgeon (n.) Over Vocab Flashcards

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President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a "selfie" with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Narcissistic Or Not, 'Selfie' Is Nunberg's Word Of The Year

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Was Rand Paul's Plagiarism Dishonest Or A Breach Of Good Form?

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The Internet's 'Twerk' Effect Makes Dictionaries Less Complete

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Bracing For Google Glass: An In-Your-Face Technology

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Calling It 'Metadata' Doesn't Make Surveillance Less Intrusive

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Visitors paid their respects at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street on April 20, near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Horrific' And 'Surreal': The Words We Use To Bear Witness

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Geoff Nunberg says a good definition extends to the past as well as the present: It's not just about what "marriage" has come to mean; it's all the word has ever meant. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Even Dictionaries Grapple With Getting 'Marriage' Right

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Linguist Geoff Nunberg finds that in the film Lincoln, screenwriter Tony Kushner oscillates between old and modern meanings of "equality." DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Historical Vocab: When We Get It Wrong, Does It Matter?

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