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.

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What to Call a Call to Arms? Jan 20, 2021

Several readers have asked me to clarify the meanings of "treason," "sedition" and other terms relat... Read More

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Wordcestery.com -- Which Words Share a Common Lineage? Jan 13, 2021

Is "spray," meaning "an arrangement of flowers," related to "spray," meaning "particles of water"? B... Read More

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Jack Be Lively; Jack Be Quick Jan 06, 2021

Q: How in the world did Bill come to be a nickname for William; Bob for Robert; Chuck for Charles; D... Read More

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Word Guy Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine Dec 30, 2020

"Physician, heal thyself!" When I see that subject line in my email inbox, I know exactly what's com... Read More