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Keeping Up With Peter and Lazy Susan Jones Dec. 23, 2020

The Word Guy

Did the expression "peter out" begin with a guy named "Peter"? Who are those Joneses we're always ke... Read More

Getting the Better of Bete Noires Oct. 28, 2020

The Word Guy

We all encounter recurring questions about grammar, usage, punctuation or spelling that bedevil us e... Read More

Name Game Mar. 07, 2020

Katiedid Langrock

My daughter asked, "Wanna know what I'm gonna name my children?" Of course I did. "I'm going to have... Read More

February 12, 2020 Feb. 12, 2020

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I am 53 years old and have been with my boyfriend for four years. The first year was awe... Read More

Not-So-Fresh Dugout Partner Feb. 05, 2020

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I play in a ladies senior softball league. One of the women who plays in the league has ... Read More

New Year's Resolutions Redux Jan. 08, 2020

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie. New Year's Day is approaching, and it's time for new resolutions. I'm ashamed to say tha... Read More

Stop the Ruckus! Dec. 19, 2019

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I just got back from a trip visiting my family across the country and something followed... Read More

Tillie Is Just a Name May. 30, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 17 and will graduate from high school in June. My given names are Tillie and Juanit... Read More

Call Her Nan May. 14, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 19 and have a three-year-old daughter. My mother is a very attractive woman who is ... Read More

I'm Sort of Like My Pen Pal Jan. 09, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 15 and have been pen pals with a 16-year-old boy from Ontario, Canada, for the past... Read More

Eagles and Rams and Bears ... Oh, My! Oct. 03, 2018

The Word Guy

NFL owners aren't generally known for supporting liberal legislation, but the investors who founded ... Read More

Undermining America Oct. 25, 2017

Walter E. Williams

Our nation's leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our... Read More

Mass Murderers Should Be Deprived of Fame Oct. 12, 2017

Steve Chapman

On Oct. 1, a 64-year-old Nevada man opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from a high-rise hotel in... Read More

Who Gets to Name These Storms? Sep. 16, 2017

Katiedid Langrock

The day after Hurricane Irma pounded Florida, I heard a story about a woman who had gone into labor ... Read More

K-9 Names Jul. 08, 2017

Katiedid Langrock

Why aren't dogs named Shannon anymore? The bimbo yellow Lab next door was named Shannon. I know this... Read More

Name Game May. 13, 2017

Katiedid Langrock

My son holds up six nearly identical Crayola crayons in his hand and presents them to me one by one.... Read More

The Sound of History Sep. 10, 2016

Mark Shields

What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word... Read More

We Should Rethink Naming Wild Animals Jul. 05, 2016

Froma Harrop

Animals do not name themselves. The lion illegally hunted down in Zimbabwe last year did not know he... Read More

In Hulk and Trump Scandals, the Girls Do Have Names Apr. 07, 2016

Froma Harrop

If you've been following Hulk Hogan's successful suit against Gawker or Donald Trump's rumble with a... Read More

Baby Names Oct. 31, 2015

Katiedid Langrock

I never thought I'd be in this situation. There are nine full months to think, obsess, make lists, c... Read More