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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
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
Q: I see the following two phrases all too often: 1) "Three (or two or four) times less." I would th... Read More
Q: The lead character in the comic strip "Rex Morgan, M.D." recently referred to someone as a "real ... Read More
Q: Musicians used to "release" a new album, but now a new album is "dropped." What the heck is that?... Read More
"Watch the birds as they hunt for fish using your own binoculars." Will the birds swoop down and gra... Read More
In a recent op-ed piece urging us to welcome and celebrate differences among people, Trinity College... Read More
Some random dispatches from the Word Front ...
— Off With Their "Aheads": When did "ahead of"... Read More
As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing blasts off, commentators will surely cite the spa... Read More
Did Neil Armstrong flub the first sentence spoken on the moon? The audio transmission of his words s... Read More
Well-placed similes are like well-oiled hinges, allowing readers to open doors of meaning with ease ... Read More
Like a wandering sailor, the Latin root "porto" has a girl in every ... well, port. "Porto" means "c... Read More
If you're bound for the beach, boardwalk or boat this summer — or just the back porch — ... Read More
Every so often, I like to unleash my readers' pet peeves, aka 'pete noires, 'cur'sed terms and 'dog'... Read More
Why is the opening on men's trousers called a "fly"?
Before your speculation starts to soar too high... Read More
Studying the origins of words can seem like an esoteric enterprise, relegated to nerdy scholars poki... Read More
Duz speling evan mattar enymore?
After all, you knew what I meant, right? Companies deliberately mis... Read More
Batter up and banter up! The new baseball season is in full swing, and the playful palaver of the pl... Read More
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