Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.
A big night for the gender-neutral singular pronoun.... READ ON
Crafting the right euphemism for funeral directors was a formal (and laborious) undertaking. ... READ ON
Ed Sheeran is an English pop star with a soft spot for Ireland. Ed Sheeran is an English pop star with a soft spot for Ireland. The fact that his grandparents were from there is only one of the reasons he's considered an honorary Irishman. Now his Irish cred has been kicked up to 11 with his recording of "Ag Smaoineamh Os Ard," an Irish language version of his smash hit "Thinking out Loud."... READ ON
We say happy for every other occasion. Why merry just for Christmas? ... READ ON
Let's not look at grammar as a cold, harsh mistress. She can also be a fun, kooky aunt.... READ ON
Just as the holiday stress starts ramping up, Scrabble has put out a new ad to remind word lovers that a little word play can help adjust your perspective.... READ ON
A little hump day etymology.... READ ON
It's not hard to wrap a box if you don't care how much wrapping paper or tape you use, but what if you care about efficiency? What if your aim is to use only what you need?... READ ON
Merriam-Webster chooses their winner by tracking which words people look up the most over the course of the year in their online dictionary. This year, the most noticeable increases in lookups happened across a whole cluster of words that shared something in common. They were all isms. ... READ ON
Blame teens.... READ ON
Leonard Maltin's complete review of the 1948 film Isn't It Romantic?: "No."