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I'm A Big Fan Of Your Column, However... Nov. 17, 2017

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm a big fan of your column and generally agree wholeheartedly with the advice you giv... Read More

Sound Emotions Nov. 08, 2017


Eyes may be windows to the soul, but if you really want to know how someone else is feeling, Yale Un... Read More

Why Do We Verb Nouns? Nov. 08, 2017

The Word Guy

"Let's Christmas like crazy!" "How do you burger?" "People encored him again and again!" Faithful re... Read More

Reporters Engage in 'Tranche' Warfare Sep. 20, 2017

The Word Guy

Reporters covering hurricane disaster relief during recent weeks have been donning their "tranche" c... Read More

It's Time To Leave 'Never-Never'land Aug. 30, 2017

The Word Guy

Never begin a sentence with "And" or "But." Never split an infinitive. Never end a sentence with a p... Read More

Save the World Using the Female Imagination: An Interview With Deborah Pratt Aug. 01, 2017

This Woman's Work

I'm a sci-fi geek, so I knew Deborah Pratt by her work in creating "Quantum Leap." When I had the ch... Read More

When Should 'Predominate' Dominate? Jul. 19, 2017

The Word Guy

Q: Nowadays, I see more and more journalists use the verb "predominate" as an adjective, instead of ... Read More

Contact Family Members For Help Jun. 01, 2017

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: I'm a 17-year-old girl and live alone with my mother. My parents were divorced about th... Read More

Confusing and Exhausting May. 24, 2017

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My father and I have never had the best relationship. He was domineering, controlling an... Read More

Put It All Down on Paper Mar. 24, 2017

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I am one of four adult siblings in a family that has always had difficulty communicating... Read More


Lynda Hirsch on Television

Lots of folks will be checking in and out of "General Hospital" in the next few months. After spendi... Read More

Is Having Two Meanings a Plus? Mar. 08, 2017

The Word Guy

Don't get me started on the misuse of "nonplussed." In fact, don't even put the key in the ignition ... Read More

Is Trump Beyond Comparison? Hardly Mar. 01, 2017

The Word Guy

Political commentators have spewed a spate of disparaging metaphors to describe President Donald Tru... Read More

Teachers Told Him To Kick 'But' Feb. 01, 2017

The Word Guy

Q: When I was in grade school, we were taught one NEVER begins a sentence with "And" or "But." Can y... Read More

Write and Wish Him Well Jan. 18, 2017

'Tween 12 & 20

DR. WALLACE: My boyfriend joined the Navy seven months ago. He is stationed in San Diego, California... Read More

Language Goes to the Dogs Dec. 14, 2016

The Word Guy

Every now and then I like to unleash my readers' pet, "Peeve." While Peeve is a gentle dog in polite... Read More

When 'Should'a' Contraction Be Used? Nov. 23, 2016

The Word Guy

Could'a, would'a, should'a. We know it's OK to use contractions in speech, but when should they be ... Read More

A Journey From Pessimism to Optimism Oct. 06, 2016

Scott Rasmussen

This week, I've had the opportunity to review a couple of important milestones in my life. That's be... Read More

We're Getting 'Ahead' of Ourselves Sep. 28, 2016

The Word Guy

TV Commentator: Both presidential campaigns are gearing up ahead of the November election. Viewer: Y... Read More

Hulk Smash! Sep. 10, 2016

Katiedid Langrock

My husband is not handy. When it comes to building, hammering and sawing, I am a one-woman band. (Di... Read More