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Blooper Patrol Finds Cash in the Cellar Jan. 08, 2020

The Word Guy

Members of the ever-vigilant Word Guy Blooper Patrol have sent me this latest collection of gaffes, ... Read More

Repartee in the Rathskeller? You Don't Say! Dec. 25, 2019

The Word Guy

Here's your chance to test your mastery of frequently mispronounced words. I'll even throw in some l... Read More

Unleashing the Primal Word Guy Nov. 27, 2019

The Word Guy

Anyone who regularly reads this column knows that I'm an easygoing guy who customarily accepts and e... Read More

Shoo, 'Of,' Don't Bother Me! Nov. 06, 2019

The Word Guy

The seemingly harmless preposition "of" is the fly in the ointment of good writing. This pesky pest ... Read More

'Stupid Is As Stupid Does' Nov. 02, 2019

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: My husband and I went to dinner with his sister and her husband, who live in another sta... Read More

Whistle(blow) While You Work Oct. 30, 2019

The Word Guy

Pity the poor word "whistleblower." Like the intrepid human it denotes, this term has endured a long... Read More

Can You Make Sound Choices Between Sound-Alike Words? Oct. 23, 2019

The Word Guy

Some usage distinctions are so tricky that even very intelligent people find them challenging. OK, s... Read More

Now, That's Double Talk! Oct. 09, 2019

The Word Guy

The Department of Repetitive Redundancy, led by its leaders Pete and Re-Pete, who are a pair of twin... Read More

Lock, Stock and Peril Oct. 02, 2019

The Word Guy

— Answering a Loaded Question: President Donald Trump's recent description of the U.S. militar... Read More

Reading Between the Lines Sep. 25, 2019

The Word Guy

Bing Crosby once crooned in a classic song, "You've got to accentuate the positive/ Eliminate the ne... Read More

Solar Set Change Sep. 22, 2019

Horoscopes by Holiday, Weekly

Today's intense square of Mercury and Saturn plays like an alarming discovery at the end of the act ... Read More

The Whole Truth Sep. 18, 2019

Classic Zig Ziglar

Recently, our company was privileged to conduct a two-day "Born To Win" Seminar for the NBA, and the... Read More

Should We Put 'Ahold' on Hold? Sep. 18, 2019

The Word Guy

In reviewing a documentary about TV journalist Mike Wallace, critic Kenneth Turan noted that the fil... Read More

Grinding Out the Origin of 'Emolument' Sep. 11, 2019

The Word Guy

President Donald Trump's recent suggestion that the G-7 hold its next meeting at his Doral golf reso... Read More

Two Words, Chanted Jul. 29, 2019

Marc Dion

If we can't chant it, we don't want it. Doesn't rhyme. Doesn't have to. It's too long anyway. Like "... Read More

I Dream and Daydream About Him Jun. 27, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I just moved to Vancouver at the beginning of this current school year. For a long time... 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

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

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