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The Criminal Element, circa 1859

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On October 22, 2013
This selection from New York Police Chief George Matsell's Vocabulum, or the Rogue鈥檚 Lexicon, a collection of criminal slang, is amazing. It's available here in its entirety. Here are some words for you. See if you can work them into conversation tomorrow. Altitudes: A state...

Rise of the Get-Passive

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On June 28, 2013
Language is always changing. I find the organic transformation of language quite fascinating, even when it leads to new forms of language that drive some people crazy, like using the word "grow" in ways such as "growing the economy." I think my support for changing...
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