Writing

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

From 2010 to 2020 I wrote a regular column on language for Macmillan Dictionary. 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, Merriam-Webster, Stinging Fly, Irish Times, Slate, Mental Floss, ELT Journal, Fortnightly Review, Visual Thesaurus, TheJournal.ie, English Matters, Emphasis Training, OffpressTotaljobs, CruiseTimes, Time Traveller, Irish Vintage Scene, Anglo Files (magazine of the Danish Association of Teachers of English), and others.