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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

Origins Breathe Life Into Words Apr. 17, 2019

The Word Guy

Studying the origins of words can seem like an esoteric enterprise, relegated to nerdy scholars poki... Read More

Those Roman Plurals Are Roamin' Mar. 06, 2019

The Word Guy

Q. I've noticed that some publications are using "millenniums" in place of "millennia," e.g., "The m... Read More

This Quiz Leaves No Room for Error Feb. 13, 2019

The Word Guy

"Roominate" on the choices posed by this usage quiz as it races from the classroom to the emergency ... Read More

These Tools Have Fascinating 'Handles' Nov. 07, 2018

The Word Guy

During college, I spent an entire summer with a lute in my hands. No, I wasn't strumming medieval ma... Read More

The 'Democracy or Republic' Fight Aug. 10, 2018

Erick Erickson

In the fourth century, the theologian Athanasius wanted Christians in the western Roman Empire to us... Read More

He Flunked 1st Grade -- and Now Look Jun. 15, 2017

Lenore Skenazy

This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, underachieving, spending all ... Read More

Aunt Must Break Off Affair With Nephew Jul. 06, 2016

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I am a 47-year-old woman, married almost 30 years, and I have two grown sons. For the pa... Read More

From Rags to Witches Mar. 05, 2014

The Word Guy

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, I coached a boys cross country running team. During practice, these run... Read More

Taking a Stand on 'Podium' Dec. 04, 2013

The Word Guy

Q: I've noticed many writers and reporters are using the term "podium" when they mean &quo... Read More