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Style Is a Melange of Earlier Designs Sep. 06, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique chair I purchased in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. The elaborately ca... Read More

As the World Turns Sep. 05, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Sept. 8-14, 2019 We've all had those days where nothing seems to move. No matter where you g... Read More

Reader Offers a Clever 'Why's Crack?' Sep. 04, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: Why is the adjective "crack" used to describe someone who's good at something, as in a "crack sho... Read More

Porcelain Dinnerware Decorated With Violets Aug. 30, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: This is a picture of one of the plates in a service-for-eight dinnerware set we purchased when we... Read More

Newspaper Nomenclature Has Nautical Nature Aug. 28, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: I've noticed that the word "masthead" is often used to refer to the name on the front page of a p... Read More

A Colorful Stellar Pair Aug. 22, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Aug. 25-31, 2019 Summer is a wonderful time for stargazing. Not only is the nighttime weathe... Read More

Using 'Times Less' Subtracts From Clarity Aug. 21, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: I see the following two phrases all too often: 1) "Three (or two or four) times less." I would th... Read More

Monk Figure Made by Van de Meulebroucke Aug. 16, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a monk figure that was given to me many years ago. It is made of some ... Read More

How Bright Are the Stars? Aug. 15, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Aug. 18-24, 2019 Open any book or magazine about astronomy and you're likely to encounter th... Read More

'Trooper' Trope Troubles Troupers Aug. 14, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: The lead character in the comic strip "Rex Morgan, M.D." recently referred to someone as a "real ... Read More

Little Big Moon Aug. 08, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Aug. 11-17, 2019 One of the most beautiful sights in nature is a massive, full moon rising o... Read More

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Album Aug. 07, 2019

The Word Guy

Q: Musicians used to "release" a new album, but now a new album is "dropped." What the heck is that?... Read More

When Modifiers Unbuckle, They Give Us a Chuckle Jul. 31, 2019

The Word Guy

"Watch the birds as they hunt for fish using your own binoculars." Will the birds swoop down and gra... Read More

New Verb Provides an 'Other' Perspective Jul. 24, 2019

The Word Guy

In a recent op-ed piece urging us to welcome and celebrate differences among people, Trinity College... Read More

The Great Summer Triangle Jul. 18, 2019

Stargazers

Week of July 21-27, 2019 Now that we in the Northern Hemisphere are firmly rooted in summertime, we ... Read More

Full Speed 'Ahead'! Jul. 17, 2019

The Word Guy

Some random dispatches from the Word Front ... — Off With Their "Aheads": When did "ahead of"... Read More

Space Age Lingo Is Still in Orbit Jul. 10, 2019

The Word Guy

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing blasts off, commentators will surely cite the spa... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings Jul. 04, 2019

Stargazers

Week of July 7-13, 2019 It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so if I were t... Read More

Winged Creatures Support Bar Cabinet Jun. 28, 2019

Antique or Junque

Q: This is a photo of a bar cabinet I purchased in St. Augustine, Florida. When opened, there are tw... Read More

Earth at Aphelion Jun. 27, 2019

Stargazers

Week of June 30-July 6, 2019 While you're enjoying the pool and soaking up some rays this summer, tr... Read More