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Words from the week of 8/10/2018
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
What do you call your digs?
Can you spell these 15 tricky spelling words?
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
How we chose 'surreal'
Is 'alright' all right?
Or both? Or neither?
How we chose 'feminism'
Or, Why Pig Meat is Called 'Pork' and Cow Meat is Called 'Beef'
"The public is a hot mess"
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.
'Between you and __'? Simple guidance for a tricky pronoun.
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.
Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.
'adherence to the highest principles and ideals'
'not capable of being allowed'
'a member a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes'
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Way more than just clothes
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