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From 'bioabsorbable' to 'bottle episode'
Finally! A use for those SAT prep classes.
There has to be a word for it.
You all would not have guessed some of these
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
Is 'alright' all right?
Or both? Or neither?
verb - to move or proceed with twists and turns
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
adj. - not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped
Head, shoulders, metaphors, and toes
verb - to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
How the irregular 'snuck' sneaked into the dictionary
They started as same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Editor Emily Brewster clarifies the difference.
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Some practical guidance, and interesting history, about a common mistake.
Or, Why Pig Meat is Called 'Pork' and Cow Meat is Called 'Beef'
"The public is a hot mess"
How an ancient philosophical movement devoted to the pursuit of virtue came to describe eye-rolling criticism.
The story of those iconic illustrations.
Noah Webster: the man who changed the way we spell... up to a point.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
How we chose 'feminism'
Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.
adj. - marked by a state of overwhelming emotion
noun - an enemy or opponent
adj. - easily duped or cheated
Comey comments on Barr's use of 'spy'
Virginia wins men's championship
Barr discusses release of report
Words from Greek and Latin Quiz
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Words from the week of 4/19/2019
A word for the charmingly awkward
How many animals can you identify?
Listen to the words and spell through all three levels.