We’ve already praised the work John Oliver is doing to address the pressing issues of the modern age (here and here), but now he is taking on even more important tasks: addressing the correct way to pronounce “gif” and making a valiant effort to stop improper use of the word, “literally”.

With his new co-anchor, Cookie Monster, Oliver is part of an effort by Sesame Street to encourage families to explore the wonderful world of words. Great stuff, and a dream come true for the wordsmiths out there.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


1 Thought on "Word News With John Oliver"

At the end of the video, there’s an invitation to watch the outtakes. I’d suggest you accept the invitation. Quite charming and funny.

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