The Word Guy

The Word Guy

The Word Guy

Teacher, writer, editor and language columnist Rob Kyff is an expert with words. Through his weekly columns in several publications, a multitude of published books, as well as in his classrooms, he shares his language and grammar tips and provides fun facts about the evolution of the English language.

Recently Published

...
History Is a Foible Agreed Upon Jul 01, 2020

When, in the course of human events, high school students write American history papers, watch out! ... Read More

...
Will You 'Cotton' to These Word Origins? Jun 24, 2020

"I don't cotton to that idea," a friend said the other day. The idea he wasn't "cottoning to" was my... Read More

...
Find What's Weak, and Make a Tweak Jun 17, 2020

Sentences, like radios, often require fine-tuning. Misplaced modifiers, ambiguous pronoun references... Read More

...
'Gregarious' and 'Ruminate' Share Beastly Origins Jun 10, 2020

Whenever a minister speaks of a congregation as a "flock" — the last time this happened, by th... Read More