Mark Peters

Mark Peters has published language-related articles in Chicago Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, Esquire, Mental Floss, Nerve, New Scientist, and Psychology Today. He writes the Jabberwocky column for Babble and the blog Wordlustitude. His book Yada Yada Doh! 111 of the Most Successful Television Words is forthcoming from Marion Street Press in 2008.

An eco-lexical eco-spasm for the modern eco-age

With apologies to “green” and “enviro,” there’s no doubt “eco” is the supreme prefix of the environmental movement. Photo: iStockphoto According to the Oxford English Dictionary — the Bible of the English language, only with …

The history of tree-hugging, and the future of name-calling

Anyone who ever sympathized with Eric Cartman‘s declaration, “I hate hippies! … I want to kick ’em in the nuts” probably finds the word “tree-hugger” useful — and plenty of other people dig the word, …

Cars pollute the dictionary too

I don’t want to rock your world too severely, but it’s come to my attention that cars cause problems. If you’re not the U.S. government, you may have heard about this global-warming thing, caused in …

Bush accentuates nuke positives, inspires malefactors everywhere

George W. Bush developed an interesting habit this year when he talked about energy. In his speeches, words like “oil,” “coal,” and “natural gas” shivered in the dark with no adjectives, while “nuclear power” consistently …

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