Writing

Sentence first is where I write regularly about language, grammar, English usage, books, words, writing, editing, and more. It has received favourable mention in the Economist, TIME, Atlantic, Guardian, TelegraphIrish Times, Baltimore Sun, American Scholar, and elsewhere.

I write a regular column on language for Macmillan Dictionary, and I contribute to Strong Language, a group blog about the linguistics of swearing (which I co-founded).

I’ve also written for the Guardian, History Today, Slate, Merriam-WebsterMental Floss, ELT Journal, The Fortnightly Review, Visual Thesaurus, TheJournal.ie, English Matters, Emphasis writing consultancyThe Time Traveller, Irish Vintage Scene, Offpress, and others.