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The Word of the Day takes no vacation.
The Earth-shaking truth
You all would not have guessed some of these
Remember to stay hydrated.
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?
verb - to move or obtain by small maneuvers
noun - a wrong name or inappropriate designation
Head, shoulders, metaphors, and toes
adj. - of or relating to the heavens
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.
verb - to shake or wave menacingly
verb - to satisfy fully or to excess
adj. - capable of being mixed
Ohio State files trademark on common word
Chris Cuomo sparks debate over ethnic slur
Tool announces new album
Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Avoiding confusion involves grammar and 'science'
A top-of-the-line history
Surprisingly specific words for shapes.
A game of winding words.