Linguist, lexicographer, columnist, and editor Ben Zimmer.

Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer is a linguist, a lexicographer, and the language columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His writing about language has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. Zimmer has also worked as the executive editor of VisualThesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com, the editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.

All Writing

Essay Communication

Word for Word

Ben Zimmer

Peter Mark Roget’s Thesaurus was the creation of an obsessive list-maker that became a tool and a temptation for... More

Issues Contributed