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New Verb Provides an 'Other' Perspective Jul. 24, 2019

The Word Guy

In a recent op-ed piece urging us to welcome and celebrate differences among people, Trinity College... Read More

Hopping Off the Merry-Go-Round Jul. 21, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I finally realized that I cannot change people or their behaviors. I can only change min... Read More

Things Haven't Always Been This Way Jul. 17, 2019

Walter E. Williams

Here's a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their o... Read More

Full Speed 'Ahead'! Jul. 17, 2019

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front ... — Off With Their "Aheads": When did "ahead of"... Read More

Space Age Lingo Is Still in Orbit Jul. 10, 2019

The Word Guy

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing blasts off, commentators will surely cite the spa... Read More

One Small Misstep for a Man? Jul. 03, 2019

The Word Guy

Did Neil Armstrong flub the first sentence spoken on the moon? The audio transmission of his words s... Read More

Similes Swing Open Doors of Meaning Jun. 26, 2019

The Word Guy

Well-placed similes are like well-oiled hinges, allowing readers to open doors of meaning with ease ... Read More

This Word Sails to Many 'Ports' of Call Jun. 19, 2019

The Word Guy

Like a wandering sailor, the Latin root "porto" has a girl in every ... well, port. "Porto" means "c... Read More

Reworking the Language of Women Jun. 13, 2019

Connie Schultz

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend I've known for more than two decades when, twice, she prefa... Read More

Are You Booked for the Summer? Jun. 12, 2019

The Word Guy

If you're bound for the beach, boardwalk or boat this summer — or just the back porch — ... Read More

Dogged Readers Snarl at Pet Peeves Jun. 05, 2019

The Word Guy

Every so often, I like to unleash my readers' pet peeves, aka 'pete noires, 'cur'sed terms and 'dog'... Read More

Unzipping the Origin of 'Fly' May. 29, 2019

The Word Guy

Why is the opening on men's trousers called a "fly"? Before your speculation starts to soar too high... Read More

Who Was That Masked Mantis? May. 22, 2019

The Word Guy

Picture a mosquito with a musket, a mantis with a crystal ball, and a larva wearing a mask. Entomolo... Read More

Can You Catch 40 Winks? May. 15, 2019

The Word Guy

Can you find and replace each of the 40 usage errors in this account of my spring-cleaning? (The num... Read More

Thinning Hair May. 13, 2019

Dear Doug

Q: I've always been proud of my hair, even as it started to turn gray with age. Other women always c... Read More

Spanish Is No. 1 May. 10, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I just returned home from Santa Barbara, California. Five of us spent a fun week there ... Read More

FDR's Prose Crackled with Clarity May. 08, 2019

The Word Guy

Jill Lepore's new book "These Truths," a delightfully quirky and informative romp through U.S. histo... Read More

Reader Bludgeons 'High Dungeon' May. 01, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: I was watching a news program, and one of the guests said someone "was in high dungeon" instead o... Read More

Teen Misses Father Apr. 24, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: My mother and father have been divorced for seven months. They divorced because they we... Read More

Blooper Patrol Laps Up Lapses Apr. 24, 2019

The Word Guy

The ever-vigilant Word Guy Blooper Patrol has been working overtime to apprehend examples of erroneo... Read More