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

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'Cisgender' Has Roots in Latin, Biochemistry Sep 23, 2020

Several readers have asked me about the meaning, origin and use of "cisgender," an adjective for a p... Read More

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A Canny Question Proves Uncanny Sep 16, 2020

I had just been thinking about the odd words "canny" and "uncanny" when an email from a friend arriv... Read More

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'Ghost Words' Still Haunt Our Language Sep 09, 2020

We throw our "suitcases" and other "luggage" into the "trunks" of our cars. But those "suitcases" pr... Read More

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From Prison to Purge: The Linguistic Origins of 'Cancel Culture' Sep 02, 2020

The term "cancel culture" has been batted around like a volleyball during the past few weeks. It ref... Read More