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'Jeeves', 'snooter', and more
Did you want a word of the day quiz? You got it.
A word in good company
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
How we chose 'surreal'
Is 'alright' all right?
Or both? Or neither?
It is in fact a real word (but that doesn't mean you should use it).
You don't have to end all your adverbs in -ly to talk right.
Because we care
"The public is a hot mess"
If I were you, I'd watch this
Don't get us started on 'bimonthly'
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.
Both words imply motion, but the difference may be all in your head
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?'
Which is right? The answer is complicated.
Bizarre origins of the world's most recognized word.
Noah Webster: the man who changed the way we spell... up to a point.
From torture to tailgating—the origins of an American football term.
The surprising history behind this controversial abbreviation.
What's the correct plural of 'octopus': 'octopuses' or 'octopi'? Yes – and then some.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
When to use each (and when not to get annoyed about their use).
Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.
When you're not sure which is right, try to remember to use 'try to.'
'Characterized by disgrace or shame'
Reporters asked Trump if he felt vindicated
An archaic variant of 'interpret'
'The material or significant part of a grievance or complaint'
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Because money doesn't grow on trees
The word dates back at least as far as the 1950s
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