If you love words, you will enjoy author, speaker and teacher Ralph Keyes (pictured). He is the language columnist for The American Scholar, where he writes a column titled “Back Talk.” He has a light touch; he is entertaining, not tedious. In a recent column he discussed the making of nouns into verbs, including those “tortured coinages that end in ‘ize.’ ”
The Takeaway: Best wishes to my fellow wordies.
Thanks to Paul G. Henning for introducing me to “Back Talk.”
Happy Birthday to Joan Didion
80 on December 5