Loading the player...

Is It 'Attorney Generals' Or 'Attorneys General'?

'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Featuring: Peter Sokolowski

More Ask the Editor Videos

  1. Is It 'Attorney Generals' Or 'Attorneys General'?

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    109,944 views
  2. Fun, Funner, Funnest

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    136,716 views
  3. 2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    86,549 views
  4. How the Months Got Their Names

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    110,333 views
  5. Webster's Dictionary of 1864

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    34,259 views
  6. Old-School Grammar

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    187,246 views
  7. Schwa

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    102,294 views
  8. That vs. Which

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    110,155 views
  9. i.e. vs. e.g.

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    64,538 views
  10. Longest Word in the Dictionary

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    100,369 views
  11. Its vs. It's

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    42,494 views
  12. Weird Plurals

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    133,128 views
  13. Defenestration

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    51,712 views
  14. Irregardless

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    315,885 views
  15. Okay?

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    82,424 views
  16. What 'Ironic' Really Means

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    80,573 views
  17. 'Mispronunciations' That May Be Fine

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    51,201 views
  18. The Awkward Case of 'His or Her'

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    67,420 views
  19. How a Word Gets into the Dictionary

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    28,171 views
  20. Drive Safe: In Praise of Flat Adverbs

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    63,464 views
  21. Soop vs. Soup

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    46,325 views
  22. Ghost Word

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    56,840 views
  23. Hopefully

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    48,580 views
  24. Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    92,518 views
  25. Who vs. Whom

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    36,673 views
  26. Octopus

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    103,177 views

More Ask the Editor Videos

  1. Is It 'Attorney Generals' Or 'Attorneys General'?

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    109,944 views
  2. Fun, Funner, Funnest

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    136,716 views
  3. 2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    86,549 views
  4. How the Months Got Their Names

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    110,333 views
  5. Webster's Dictionary of 1864

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    34,259 views
  6. Old-School Grammar

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    187,246 views
  7. Schwa

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    102,294 views
  8. That vs. Which

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    110,155 views
  9. i.e. vs. e.g.

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    64,538 views
  10. Longest Word in the Dictionary

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    100,369 views
  11. Its vs. It's

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    42,494 views
  12. Weird Plurals

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    133,128 views
  13. Defenestration

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    51,712 views
  14. Irregardless

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    315,885 views
  15. Okay?

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    82,424 views
  16. What 'Ironic' Really Means

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    80,573 views
  17. 'Mispronunciations' That May Be Fine

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    51,201 views
  18. The Awkward Case of 'His or Her'

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    67,420 views
  19. How a Word Gets into the Dictionary

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    28,171 views
  20. Drive Safe: In Praise of Flat Adverbs

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    63,464 views
  21. Soop vs. Soup

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    46,325 views
  22. Ghost Word

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    56,840 views
  23. Hopefully

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    48,580 views
  24. Ending a Sentence with a Preposition

    Featuring: Emily Brewster
    92,518 views
  25. Who vs. Whom

    Featuring: Peter Sokolowski
    36,673 views
  26. Octopus

    Featuring: Kory Stamper
    103,177 views