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From the Founder: What Is Reading For?

Recently the New York Times devoted an entire Sunday Opinion section to the question “What Is School For?” What a crazy question, I thought! Being a former teacher, the mother…
Found Ann Friedman talking to DC Mayor in Joke Room gallery

From the Founder: COVID Considerations

Despite the obvious challenges, we went ahead and opened Planet Word in the “midst” of the COVID-19 pandemic. (I almost wrote “middle,” but that would imply that we had a…
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Putin, Bush, and Pronouns: Presaging War?

Can linguistics help predict a war? This past weekend, Planet Word Advisor James Pennebaker and his colleagues Ryan Boyd and Ashwini Ashokkumar posted a short article on their blog, Wordwatchers,…
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From the Founder: Banned Books, Again

Planet Word is located in the DMV — that’s the junction of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia — so we need to track what’s happening around us in…
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From the Founder: Remote Control

A while ago I was invited to be a judge for the 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize. My husband, Tom Friedman of the New York Times, had served a 9-year…

From the Founder: Banned Books

If you’ve been following the “word news” lately, you’ll know that the big issue of the last few weeks has been book banning. Wait a minute, you might be excused…