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Take Immediate Action -- Words Matter May. 25, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 17, and I want to end my relationship with the guy I am dating. But I can't break a... Read More

Your Mission: Learn to Live May. 16, 2019

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

May is graduation month. Students, parents and friends celebrate the end of one process and the star... Read More

High Schoolers Can Handle This? Apr. 25, 2019

Lenore Skenazy

High school seniors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, get to take a class that could well be banned on man... Read More

Learning a Language Apr. 01, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I love learning languages. I grew up with immigrant parents who spoke their native langu... Read More

Mars Makes Ponderous Move Mar. 31, 2019

Horoscopes by Holiday

Would you rather have a diamond with a flaw or have a flawless pebble? If your aim is to cut glass o... Read More

'Glide Path' Lands Smoothly on Political Runway Mar. 27, 2019

The Word Guy

On "PBS NewsHour" last month, South Bend, Indiana, mayor and likely presidential candidate Pete Butt... Read More

Pols Not Telling You About Dangers of Legalizing Weed Mar. 20, 2019

Betsy McCaughey

Politicians are pushing to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,... Read More

Origin of 'Gory' Misses Bull's-Eye Mar. 13, 2019

The Word Guy

"The running of the bulls got off to a gory start." That was the first sentence in a CBS News report... Read More

A Fortuitous Encounter With Al Michaels Feb. 06, 2019

The Word Guy

During a recent NFL playoff game, veteran NBC sportscaster Al Michaels reported that an official's p... Read More

Don't Be Judgy about 'Backflash' Jan. 23, 2019

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front, including one from the War Front: Flashback to "Backflas... Read More

Get Smart! Put Your Heart and Legs Into Your Brain Jan. 22, 2019

Energy Express

I hate to start off in such a negative way, but I'm positive it's essential to your well-being: If y... Read More

Teacher Made Serious Error Jan. 18, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I know you are a former teacher and high school principal, so I'm hoping you can help m... Read More

What 'Caws'es Us To Say 'Crowbar'? Jan. 16, 2019

The Word Guy

Q. What's the origin of "crowbar"? — Al Cohen, Newington, Connecticut A. A crow, a robin and a... Read More

This 'Calling Card' Hasn't Expired Jan. 09, 2019

The Word Guy

When a TV weather forecaster described a November blast of cold air as "winter's calling card," I wo... Read More

Words That Go Bump in the Night Dec. 26, 2018

The Word Guy

As a young graduate student, I once took a flight to Minneapolis that left LaGuardia Airport in New ... Read More

I Completely 'Choke' on Tests Dec. 20, 2018

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 19 and attending a community college. I will be transferring to a four-year univers... Read More

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Teacher? Dec. 20, 2018

At Work

Teaching is an honorable profession, one respected by the public, parents, students and the administ... Read More

Sounding the Snooze Alarm on the Sleep-Deprived Dec. 14, 2018

C Force

I left off last week's conversation with the mention of some of the results of the largest experimen... Read More

New Books on Language Bring Holiday Cheer Nov. 21, 2018

The Word Guy

There's no place like tome for the holidays. These new books will delight the word-lovers on your sh... 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