Like most linguists, we've talked here about the relatively low public profile of linguistics (e.g. here) and the negative consequences of it … like the catastrophically bad language-related journalism that seems to pop up so often. Maybe there's some progress.
I was thinking that while reading Paul Krugman's column, which draws on the recent post on the Log about the collocations of severe, and Romney's comment about being a 'severely conservative'. (If you haven't read it, you should fix that.)
Then, boom, Ben Zimmer comes on NPR to talk about anachronisms in Downton Abbey.*
Good start to the week.
*NPR gets bonus points for opening with an Onion reference, this one.