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(Or, 'How to Disappoint Your Math Teacher')
How many questions can you answer about the word "green"?
New novel makes waves
When the name on the map gets its own meaning
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?
Is 'alright' all right?
Or both? Or neither?
adj. - of or relating to a parable or parabola
Head, shoulders, metaphors, and toes
adj. - cheap, trivial, or petty
Comedian ISMO on what separates a boot from a trunk
noun - a critical remark or adverse criticism
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
How the irregular 'snuck' sneaked into the dictionary
They started as 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?'
Some practical guidance, and interesting history, about a common mistake.
Or, Why Pig Meat is Called 'Pork' and Cow Meat is Called 'Beef'
"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.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
How we chose 'feminism'
Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.
adj. - being gain for one and loss for another
verb - to accuse, denounce, report, or relate
adj. - excessively trite or sentimental
New novel makes waves
non sequitur, sequitur
Manafort judge addresses defense
AOC tweets against border wall
A Green Quiz
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
It can be anything.
\SELT\ is the older one
Additional colors! More obscure than before!
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time.