Opinion | ‘Meatspace’? Technology Does Funny Things to Language

To celebrate April Fools’ Day I’ve tried to have some fun in this newsletter, including in the choice of reader mail and the quote of the day. Everything’s true, though — no fooling.

I’m fascinated by what the evolution of language tells us about economic development over the years. In focusing on language I’m paying homage to my incisive Opinion colleague John McWhorter as well as the great William Safire, who for years wrote the “On Language” column in The New York Times Magazine. The difference is I’ll try to stay connected to my main topic, economics.

Consider this coinage: