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March 8, 2020 Mar. 08, 2020

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: At a recent family party, after not eating all day, I drank too much alcohol. At some po... Read More

Repartee in the Rathskeller? You Don't Say! Dec. 25, 2019

The Word Guy

Here's your chance to test your mastery of frequently mispronounced words. I'll even throw in some l... Read More

Experts Have Pronounced Differences Over 'Ukraine' Dec. 04, 2019

The Word Guy

Today, some random dispatches from the Word Front ... — Scratching Our U-craniums Recent test... Read More

November 26, 2019 Nov. 26, 2019

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, "Darrin," and I have been seeing each other for five years. I love him and... Read More

A Letter of Caution to Teens Jun. 10, 2019

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm 18, and I enjoy the taste of a cold beer. I usually drink one a day during the week... Read More

There's a Lot in a Name Jun. 20, 2018

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: Seventy-one years ago, my father decided to honor his kid brother and heritage by naming... Read More

When Pronunciation Becomes Instrumental May. 02, 2018

The Word Guy

Pity the poor viola. Not only does this charming instrument have to play second fiddle to the violin... Read More

'An Hotel' Draws Many Reservations Apr. 09, 2014

The Word Guy

Q: I notice that the word "hotel" is often preceded with the word "an," as in "We searched for an ho... Read More

Giving Letters the Silent Treatment Feb. 05, 2014

The Word Guy

Should you pronounce the "t" in "often"? The "l" in "almond"? Though "often" was pronounced with a "... Read More

Peevish Readers Grow 'Pet'ulant Jan. 22, 2014

The Word Guy

Every once in a while, I ask my readers to unleash their pet peeves — a snarling collection of... Read More

Navigating the Pronunciation Maze Dec. 25, 2013

The Word Guy

Here's a convoluted question: Do you pronounce "labyrinthine" (meaning "maze-like, i... Read More