Geoff Nunberg http://wemu.org en 150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital' http://wemu.org/post/150-years-after-marx-capital-still-cant-shake-loose-das-kapital A lot of things had to come together to turn Thomas Piketty's controversial <em>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</em> into the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/fashion/Thomas-Piketty-the-Economist-Behind-Capital-in-the-Twenty-First-Century-sensation.html?_r=0">tome of the season</a>. There's its timeliness, its surprising accessibility and the audacity of its thesis, that capitalism inevitably leads to greater concentrations of wealth at the very top. Tue, 27 May 2014 19:01:53 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 46462 at http://wemu.org 150 Years After Marx, 'Capital' Still Can't Shake Loose Of 'Das Kapital' Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word http://wemu.org/post/slut-other-four-letter-s-word <em>Geoff Nunberg, the linguist contributor on NPR's </em>Fresh Air<em> with Terry Gross, is the author of the book </em>The Years of Talking Dangerously.<p>"My choice of words was not the best," Rush Limbaugh said in his apology. That's the standard formula for these things — you apologize not for what you said but for the way you said it.<p>Though in this case, there didn't seem to be a lot of distance between thought and word. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:36:00 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 10984 at http://wemu.org Slut: The Other Four Letter S-Word 'Occupy': Geoff Nunberg's 2011 Word Of The Year http://wemu.org/post/occupy-geoff-nunbergs-2011-word-year <em>Geoff Nunberg, the linguist contributor on NPR's </em>Fresh Air<em> with Terry Gross, is the author of the book </em>The Years of Talking Dangerously.<p>If the word of the year is supposed to be an item that has actually shaped the perception of important events, I can't see going with anything but <em>occupy</em>. It was a late entry, but since mid-September it has gone viral and global. Just scan the thousands of hashtags and Facebook pages that begin with the word: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Slovakia. Occupy Saskatoon, Sesame Street, the Constitution. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:49:00 +0000 Geoff Nunberg 6533 at http://wemu.org