Loading the player...

Defenestration

The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
Featuring: Kory Stamper

More Ask the Editor Videos

  1. Lay vs. Lie

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    179,240 views
  2. 'Try and' vs. 'Try to'

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    149,762 views
  3. Is It 'Attorney Generals' Or 'Attorneys General'?

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    223,620 views
  4. Fun, Funner, Funnest

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    195,027 views
  5. 2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    106,014 views
  6. How the Months Got Their Names

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    149,714 views
  7. Webster's Dictionary of 1864

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    47,760 views
  8. Old-School Grammar

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    216,199 views
  9. Schwa

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    121,718 views
  10. That vs. Which

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    209,879 views
  11. i.e. vs. e.g.

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    84,242 views
  12. Longest Word in the Dictionary

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    124,567 views
  13. Its vs. It's

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    54,886 views
  14. Weird Plurals

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    173,838 views
  15. Defenestration

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    67,937 views
  16. Irregardless

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    520,341 views
  17. Okay?

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    165,504 views
  18. What 'Ironic' Really Means

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    95,331 views
  19. 'Mispronunciations' That May Be Fine

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    63,516 views
  20. The Awkward Case of 'His or Her'

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    79,745 views
  21. How a Word Gets into the Dictionary

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    34,213 views
  22. Drive Safe: In Praise of Flat Adverbs

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    83,471 views
  23. Soop vs. Soup

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    53,444 views
  24. Ghost Word

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    69,141 views
  25. Hopefully

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    67,365 views
  26. Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    109,522 views
  27. Who vs. Whom

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    49,858 views
  28. Octopus

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    162,276 views

More Ask the Editor Videos

  1. Lay vs. Lie

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    179,240 views
  2. 'Try and' vs. 'Try to'

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    149,762 views
  3. Is It 'Attorney Generals' Or 'Attorneys General'?

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    223,620 views
  4. Fun, Funner, Funnest

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    195,027 views
  5. 2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    106,014 views
  6. How the Months Got Their Names

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    149,714 views
  7. Webster's Dictionary of 1864

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    47,760 views
  8. Old-School Grammar

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    216,199 views
  9. Schwa

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    121,718 views
  10. That vs. Which

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    209,879 views
  11. i.e. vs. e.g.

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    84,242 views
  12. Longest Word in the Dictionary

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    124,567 views
  13. Its vs. It's

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    54,886 views
  14. Weird Plurals

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    173,838 views
  15. Defenestration

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    67,937 views
  16. Irregardless

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    520,341 views
  17. Okay?

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    165,504 views
  18. What 'Ironic' Really Means

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    95,331 views
  19. 'Mispronunciations' That May Be Fine

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    63,516 views
  20. The Awkward Case of 'His or Her'

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    79,745 views
  21. How a Word Gets into the Dictionary

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    34,213 views
  22. Drive Safe: In Praise of Flat Adverbs

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    83,471 views
  23. Soop vs. Soup

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    53,444 views
  24. Ghost Word

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    69,141 views
  25. Hopefully

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    67,365 views
  26. Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    109,522 views
  27. Who vs. Whom

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    49,858 views
  28. Octopus

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    162,276 views