Celebrated writers share their quest to find the right words
We're gonna stop you right there
And how did it get that name?
A definitive answer.
And who put it there, anyway?
New Yorker Cartoonist
Video Game Writer/Producer, Cuphead
Novelist and Children’s Book Author
And is one more correct than the others?
No one calls it the Merriam-Webster comma. Why?
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
No other common verb follows the pattern of _sneak_…_snuck_. And no one's quite sure why.
They started as the same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Editor Emily Brewster clarifies the difference.
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Why is pig meat called 'pork' and cow meat called 'beef?' Because English took on a big serving of French words following the Norman Conquest.
Our research turned up two archaic literal meanings
How an ancient philosophical movement devoted to the pursuit of virtue came to describe eye-rolling criticism.
The story of those iconic illustrations.
Soop, wimmen, and headake did not make the cut
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How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
We're intent on clearing it up
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