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Words of the Year

2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

The inside scoop behind our 2014 Word of the Year selections.


The inside scoop behind our 2014 Word of the Year selections.

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2014 Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

 

The inside scoop behind our 2014 Word of the Year selections.

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Hot Mess

 

Our research turned up two archaic literal meanings

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How a Ghost Word Appeared in the Dictionary

 

An imaginary word that snuck into the dictionary

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How Do You Pronounce 'Vase'?

 

And is one way more correct than the others?

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Further vs. Farther

 

They started as same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.

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How to Remember 'Affect' and 'Effect'

 

A simple way to keep them apart. (Most of the time.)

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Old-School Grammar

 

Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer.