About

I’m an internet linguist: I explore the language of the internet, for the people of the internet.

I’m writing a book in defence of internet language, which is coming out from Riverhead (Penguin) in mid-2019. If you want to make sure you don’t miss it, you can sign up for very occasional email updates.

I’m the Resident Linguist at WIRED, where I write a column about internet language, and I was formerly the Resident Linguist at The Toast.

I’m the co-creator of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. Here’s how people describe the show.

Notable internet linguistics topics I’ve written or spoken about include:

I have a master’s in linguistics from McGill University. I’m interested in bridging the gap between linguistics and the general public: outreach I do includes media#lingwiki Wikipedia editathons, and my blog All Things Linguistic.

When I’m not linguist-ing, I like fancy hats, indie ice cream shops, and fiction that expands my horizons.

Please note that my surname is not spelled the way that spellcheck thinks it is. If you’re writing it anywhere official, like a nametag, a contract, or an article, please double check! Here are some longer notes on pronouncing and spelling my name.

Want to interview me, or have me write, speak, or consult for you? Feel free to get in touch! (Contact info on the sidebar.) For the sake of easy email triage, please summarize your entire request in the subject line with keywords, e.g. “XYZ news emoji media request”.

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