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The Word Guy
Edith Frankel of Hannawa Falls, New York, sent me this sentence from Science News: "An array of crit... Read More
"I don't cotton to that idea," a friend said the other day. The idea he wasn't "cottoning to" was my... Read More
Despite the homogenization of American language during the past century, many delightful words uniqu... Read More
When the origin of a word seems obvious, beware! Consider these tricksters:
Launch: You might assume... Read More
Let's play "Guess the Word Origin!" Can you select the correct derivation of these terms?
1. When so... Read More
I recently heard a radio interview with a spokesman for Venture Data, a company that conducts teleph... Read More
Q. What's the origin of "crowbar"? — Al Cohen, Newington, Connecticut
A. A crow, a robin and a... Read More
When a TV weather forecaster described a November blast of cold air as "winter's calling card," I wo... Read More
As a young graduate student, I once took a flight to Minneapolis that left LaGuardia Airport in New ... Read More
My seventh-grade English teacher, Mrs. Morris, was a formidable and forthright woman. And when it ca... Read More
If you think today's political insults are nasty, consider these mud bombs hurled at Presidents Ulys... Read More
Q. Why do we call virtuous people "the salt of the earth?" — John S., West Hartford, Connectic... Read More
There's no place like tome for the holidays. These new books will delight the word-lovers on your sh... Read More
Heated controversies over proper usage can lead to food fights at faculty clubs and fisticuffs on co... Read More
During college, I spent an entire summer with a lute in my hands. No, I wasn't strumming medieval ma... Read More
What's with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves social... Read More
Dear Annie: I was recently shopping in a department store, when I heard the very loud screams of a c... Read More
Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration.
Pick a day. Any day.
Wednesday, le... Read More
Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, "... Read More
Jul. 22, 2014
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