Judith Herman

Judith B. Herman is a Southern California writer with a thing for words and pictures. Her blog, WordSnooper.com, tells the adventures of Lexie Kahn, Private Etymologist. Thanks to Photoshop Judy uses her camera to document unreality.

11 Words That Don't Mean What They Sound Like
10 Words and Phrases You Won’t Believe Are More Than 100 Years Old
25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites
50 Spanish-English False Friend Words
30 Family Secrets Hiding in English Surnames
15 Writers Who Were Also Medical Doctors
11 Strange Movie Job Titles—Explained!
6 Widely Repeated Phrase Origins—Debunked!
The Delicious Origins of 11 Fruitful Expressions
The Origins of 8 Curious Body Part Names
14 Common Food and Drink Words With Arabic Origins
11 Pairs of Unrelated Famous People Who Share a Name
28 Keys to Decoding British Pub Menus
11 Words With Meanings That Have Changed Drastically Over Time
10 Fashion and Beauty Items That Are Older Than You Think
16 More Words That Are Their Own Opposites
12 English Words Derived from an Extinct Caribbean Language
15 Words and Phrases from 1915
12 British Legal Terms Explained
30 Discoveries About Family History in Spanish Surnames
11 Doppelganger Words: The Resemblance is Eerie
27 Responses to the Question “What is Art?”
17 Skeuomorphs That Show Retro Is Always In
The History of the Hamburger
15 Retronyms for When You’re Talking Old School
10 Ways Academics Say Comedians Make Us Laugh
10 Wacky Whoppers About the Origins of Popular 18th Century Phrases
7 Tall Tales About Life in the 1500s and the Origins of Phrases
12 Animal Adjectives to Bolster Your Vocabulary
11 Jobs Your High School Guidance Counselor Didn't Think Of
10 Fun Uses for Old Card Catalogs
13 Screwball Film Industry Slang Terms
6 Feats of Aerial Photography Before the Airplane
12 Words English Got from the Aztecs
11 Names for Alphabetical Antics and Other Word Games
11 More Words That Are Their Own Opposites
14 Words That Are Their Own Opposites
12 Lonely Negative Words
6 Words English Got From Hindi


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