Schott’s Vocab, a popular blog about phrases and linguistics on NYTimes.com, is ending its almost three year run. Ben Schott, the writer behind the site, tweeted that the shuttering of the blog was a mutual decision, and a farewell statement was posted this morning. Here’s a snippet:

After two and a half years, thousands of posts and tens of thousands of comments, Schott’s Vocab is closing its doors.

It has been an absolute pleasure to trawl the seas of linguistic development – netting the flotsam, jetsam and ligan of neologism, and presenting the choicest specimens for display and comment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my superb assistants Iona Macdonald, Bess Lovejoy and Claire Cock-Starkey; the fine folk at the Oxford English Dictionary and American Speech; the writers who supplied such interesting guest posts; and, of course, my peerless editors and Web producers at the Times.