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.
They both used to mean terror-inducing. How did they end up meaning such different things?... READ ON
The story of how department stores taught us about language and prestige.... READ ON
Here are 13 fine, upstanding words that long ago switched from negative to positive (or vice versa).... READ ON
There are many stories of its origin, but here's the one that's lexicographer-approved.... READ ON
Neuticles are synthetic testicles for neutered pets. The tagline: "It's like nothing ever changed."