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

The Word Guy

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

Quoth the Raven, 'Never Said' Nov. 11, 2020

The Word Guy

Complete each of these familiar quotations: 1. "A penny for your ... " (John Heywood); 2. "Variety i... Read More

How I Curb the Urge to Quit Aug. 03, 2020

Everyday Cheapskate

I wouldn't tell just anyone what I'm about to tell you — and I'm only telling you because we'r... Read More

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

The Word Guy

"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

The Word Guy

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

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

The Word Guy

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

Same-Sex Cake Conflict Could Help Us Get Along Feb. 03, 2020

Daily Editorials

Colorado cake designer Jack Phillips made national news again this week because of a book deal to wr... Read More

In China, Freedom of Speech Is No Slam-Dunk Oct. 11, 2019

Daily Editorials

The current social media dust-up between the National Basketball Association and China reflects the ... Read More

In China, Freedom of Speech Is No Slam-Dunk Oct. 10, 2019

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

The current social media dust-up between the National Basketball Association and China reflects the ... Read More

Death Glare Nov. 21, 2015

Katiedid Langrock

My daughter looks nothing like me. She doesn't look like my husband, either. I tell him it's because... Read More

Dorm Rooms Jul. 16, 2014

Small Spaces

Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. This single act dre... Read More

New IRS Threat to Political Expression Feb. 18, 2014

Daily Editorials

The Internal Revenue Service wants to set tougher standards for how much political activity is too m... Read More