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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

What Are the Rules for 'Fewer' and 'Less'? Dec. 19, 2018

The Word Guy

My seventh-grade English teacher, Mrs. Morris, was a formidable and forthright woman. And when it ca... Read More

Political Potshots Have Always Packed Punch Dec. 05, 2018

The Word Guy

If you think today's political insults are nasty, consider these mud bombs hurled at Presidents Ulys... Read More

Good Folks Peppered With Salty Language Nov. 28, 2018

The Word Guy

Q. Why do we call virtuous people "the salt of the earth?" — John S., West Hartford, Connectic... 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

Linguistic Disputes Can Pack a Punch Nov. 14, 2018

The Word Guy

Heated controversies over proper usage can lead to food fights at faculty clubs and fisticuffs on co... 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 Silly Debate About Socialism Sep. 06, 2018

Froma Harrop

What's with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves social... Read More

Dealing With a Screaming Child Aug. 28, 2018

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I was recently shopping in a department store, when I heard the very loud screams of a c... Read More

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA Mar. 15, 2017

Connie Schultz

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, le... Read More

Why the Cuban Missile Crisis Matters Today Mar. 11, 2017

Mark Shields

Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, "... Read More

Agnes

Jul. 22, 2014

For Whom the 'Tell' Tolls Jun. 18, 2014

The Word Guy

While grading a student's paper the other day, I came across this sentence: "The cost of the U.S. In... Read More

Why the Throes Can Be the Pits Apr. 30, 2014

The Word Guy

"I couldn't finish my paper because my family is in the throes of moving," a student told me last we... Read More

Watch the Little Verbies Hatch Apr. 23, 2014

The Word Guy

"We won't let you Detroit us with taxes and debt." "Sarah Collins sunscreens husband Ryan on a Calif... Read More

Free Range

Apr. 16, 2014

Free Range

Apr. 14, 2014

Wee Pals

Mar. 31, 2014