The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg
The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg

Episode 229 · 1 year ago

Watch Your Language


Jonah has long awaited the chance to have Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the show, and now he’s finally here. In a particularly un-rank episode of The Remnant, Jonah asks John about the shifting nature of language, and if it’s really a good thing that usage shifts so rapidly (e.g. “literally”). Also, what grammar police campaigns have been successful in preserving grammatical order, and where have they failed?

Show Notes:

-John’s many, many books 

-John’s podcast, Lexicon Valley 

-Jonah’s piece on Biden’s use of “literally” 

-Once more, Paul Bloom’s Just Babies, use promo code “dingo” for 25% off your first order 

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