“Badass” is everywhere. It’s taken over the idea of “cool” as the desired social posture. And it doesn’t mean what you think it does.
Jesse Sheidlower is a lexicographer and former president of the American Dialect Society.
The news that ‘New York’ will publish biweekly is a sad day for publishing. It’s also a sad day for English—‘biweekly’ means two very different things, and the confusion isn’t new.