A simple way to keep them apart. (Most of the time.)
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that snuck into the dictionary
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
A simple trick to keep them separate
How 'literally' can mean "figuratively"
Thawing one of the mysteries of English
We're intent on clearing it up
We're gonna stop you right there
Is it all the same anyway?
And is one more correct than the others?
No one calls it the Merriam-Webster comma. Why?
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The awkward case of 'his or her'
No other common verb follows the pattern of _sneak_…_snuck_. And no one's quite sure why.
They started as the same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Tripping up English Speakers for 700 years
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Why is pig meat called 'pork' and cow meat called 'beef?' Because English took on a big serving of French words following the Norman Conquest.
"Verily, I say unto you, 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.
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How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors
Draft Supreme Court decision would overturn Roe v. Wade
contempt, held in contempt
Trump was found to be in contempt of court
Bruce Willis is retiring from acting
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15 bird sounds, and the birds who make them
Along with their degrees of usefulness
A gross thing by any other name...
When 'thingamajig' and 'thingamabob' just won't do
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