The Angry Grammarian, otherwise known as Jeffrey Barg, looks at how language, grammar, and punctuation shape our world.

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White supremacist Tucker Carlson got something right — and that’s literally terrifying | Angry Grammarian

When Carlson espouses his hateful white supremacy, he does so with better grammar than you.

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Philly newscasters on their own mistakes: ‘People take it personally’ | Angry Grammarian

The most common gripe in the Angry Grammarian's inbox: “Why do newscasters make [fill-in-the-blank grammatical error] all the time?”

Opinion

Reader questions: ‘Other’ as a verb? ‘Pivot’ prominence? | Angry Grammarian

Spring cleaning is here, and the Angry Grammarian’s inbox is full. This week, let’s empty the mailbag.

Opinion

Biden administration is undoing Trump’s legacy of hate, one word at a time | The Angry Grammarian

Language of persecution and hate permeated government websites, press releases and laws for much of the last four years. No more.

Opinion

Don’t @ me: These new dictionary entries show how our language changed last year | The Angry Grammarian

From 'folx' to 'second gentleman,' the evolution of the English language is constant.

Opinion

Did Trump incite violence on Jan. 6? Depends which dictionary you use. | Angry Grammarian

Watch as Trump's attorneys will try to bend the definition of incite right before your eyes.

Opinion

Are you a covidiot who coronasplains? | The Angry Grammarian

Updating our pandemic dictionary as the U.S. hits two grim milestones.

Opinion

From ‘irregardless’ to ‘insurrection’: Parsing the language of the Capitol breach | Angry Grammarian

Sen. Josh Hawley's use of "irregardless" while spreading lies about Pennsylvania's election was just one language lesson this week.

Opinion

The case of the mystery ‘they’ in Trump’s unhinged call to Georgia officials | Angry Grammarian

Had Trump employed a few more antecdents, he might have sounded less like a conspiracy theorist.