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'Room'inating on Word Origins Jun. 11, 2014

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Whenever you sit back and relax in your home, you're exemplifying the origins of the word "residence... Read More

Laws Were Made to Be Spoken May. 14, 2014

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What do you call a lawyer who writes a book about words? A grammar-head shark. Just kidding. In "La... Read More

Using 'Times Less' Multiplies Confusion May. 07, 2014

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Q: I often hear sentences like this: "We had three times less rain this year than last." I think wha... Read More

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

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

Words From the Easy-Bake Oven Apr. 02, 2014

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Given the ease of slipping off a diet, it's not surprising that many phrases for easy tasks involve ... Read More

What Hath God 'Fraught'? Mar. 19, 2014

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Q: Would you please discuss the proper usage of the word "fraught"? I had an English teacher who tol... Read More

Unscrambling Some Common 'Eggs'pressions Feb. 12, 2014

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Is there any connection between the phrase "egging someone on" (inciting someone to action) and actu... Read More

Lifting a Glass to Liquid Locutions Jan. 15, 2014

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If you attend an academic symposium, you'll notice a glass or bottle of water in front of each panel... Read More

I'm Dreaming of a 'Write' Christmas Dec. 11, 2013

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Play Santa "Clause" this holiday season by giving your family and friends some of these ne... Read More