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Words from the week of 5/7/2021
Is the Force strong in you?
Most of the time.
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
We're gonna stop you right there
Is it all the same anyway?
Figuring it out at once
And how did it get that name?
A definitive answer.
And is one more correct than the others?
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.
Tripping up English Speakers for 700 years
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Some practical guidance, and interesting history, about a common mistake.
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.
"Verily, I say unto you, the public is a hot mess"
How an ancient philosophical movement devoted to the pursuit of virtue came to describe eye-rolling criticism.
The story of those iconic illustrations.
Noah Webster: the man who changed the way we spell... up to a point.
No one calls it the Merriam-Webster comma. Why?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Editor Peter Sokolowski talks about 'feminism' and the rest of our Word of the Year 2017 selections
The rise of Brood X
Nomadland wins Best Picture
Prince Philip dies at 99
Star Wars Words Quiz
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A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.
Spelling out the difference
Depends where you're from
Button up that vest
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A game of winding words.