The adventures and mis-adventures of our crazy language
There are certain animal sounds that we all immediately recognize by name, like a dog’s ‘bark’ or a cat’s ‘meow.’ Here are some lesser-known sound names.
In much of the United States south, the phrase ‘fair to middlin’ is commonplace, but it’s one of those phrases you hear much more often than you see in print.
In March, a dictionary updated added more than 300 words, everything from ‘hangry’ to ‘smackdown’ to ‘struggle bus.’
When you’re writing about a recurring event, does biennial mean that it would happen every two years or twice every year? Let’s clear up …
When you’re writing about someone who prefers to avoid voyages on the sea, are you talking about a Land Lover or Landlubber?
The Associated Press announced recently it will allow the use of the singular ‘they’ pronoun in certain cases.
When you’re choosing between the words Grisly or Grizzly, the first question to ask is whether a bear happens to be involved.
A missing Oxford Comma is playing a major role in a class-action lawsuit and could wind up costing a company in Maine $10 million.
You learn that someone you know has committed some sort of crime and is trying to dodge authorities: would you say they on the lam or lamb?
Some people who use the title ‘Mr. President’ in referring to the Chief Executive get accused of being disrespectful.
The Oscars had people looking up a few words Sunday night before the big mixup at the end of the Academy Awards ceremony.
There are words in our language that have multiple meanings, leading to a great deal of frustration at times. ‘Dander’ is a perfect example.