The Word Guy

The Word Guy

The Word Guy

Teacher, writer, editor and language columnist Rob Kyff is an expert with words. Through his weekly columns in several publications, a multitude of published books, as well as in his classrooms, he shares his language and grammar tips and provides fun facts about the evolution of the English language.

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Everything Is Under Con-Troll Oct 11, 2017

Have you heard the story of Cornelius "Con" Trary and his encounter with the troll? Con is a convent... Read More

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How Can an Exception 'Prove' a Rule? Oct 04, 2017

Q. I've been wondering about the expression "the exception proves the rule." Can you elucidate? I'd ... Read More

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Behind the Greenscreen Sep 27, 2017

Why is a lazy person called a "goldbricker"? Why is the off-stage chamber where guests wait before t... Read More

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Reporters Engage in 'Tranche' Warfare Sep 20, 2017

Reporters covering hurricane disaster relief during recent weeks have been donning their "tranche" c... Read More