Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.

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The moment of creation for a word often remains elusive. Typically (at least before the Internet age), a word gains popu¬≠larity in local speech and then gets written down somewhere. When lexicographers start tracing lineage, the closest they can come to pinpointing a word’s birth is frequently its first appearance in print.

Still, Chicago—City on the Make—has demonstrably had a hand in the genesis of many well-known words and phrases. Here are Chicago’s top 40 contrib …

June 15, 2010

Chicago magazine ran a series of top-40 lists to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I contributed the top 40 English words with a Chicago pedigree.

What do you like best about Chicago? Chances are, your answer falls into one of two camps: “the lake” or “summer.” Ours does, too, which makes the moment ripe for celebrating that sparkling azure expanse, home to Chicago’s sunrise and a prehistoric bit of breathing room situated just east of the hubbub of modern city life. But if you think you know this lake, think again. We’ve plumbed its depths for bounty hidden far below the surface, from primordial forests to three-masted schooners to scale- …

May 15, 2008

One of my favorite editing projects, combining service journalism about things to do at Lake Michigan, short short fiction by Chicago authors, and a couple of nifty sidebars. I wrote the lighthouse and geological-history sidebars.