The Secret Rules of Adjective OrderA long fascinating article—or is it a fascinating long article?
Where Yinz AtWhy Pennsylvania is the most linguistically rich state in the country.
Off BrandsUnderstanding the terrible spelling and punctuation in corporate names.
Whoa! Woah?! Whoah.How an old exclamation became the Internet’s most variously spelled word.
Shame on EveryoneJust because you don’t like someone’s criticism doesn’t mean they’re “shaming” you.
What Is the Icelandic Word for “Four”?Fjórar. No, fjórir. No, fjögurra. No, fjarki. No …
No OffenseProfanity is changing. For the better.
Are Apostrophes Necessary?Not really, no.
Please Do Not ChillaxAdjoinages and the death of the American pun.
False Fronts in the Language WarsWhy New Yorker writers and others keep pushing bogus controversies.
Cheerio, Bumbershoot!The word is not actually British for umbrella.
That's So MystoWhat makes slang stick?
Questioning the Inca ParadoxDid the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?
The Rise of "Logical Punctuation".The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.
The "Nonplussed" ProblemHow long should we cling to a word's original meaning?
Is It Time to Kill Autocorrect?What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week.
Shibboleth. Casuistry. Recondite.Bubble vocabulary: the words you almost know, sometimes use, but are secretly unsure of.
Will We Use Commas in the Future?Maybe.
¿Does English Need Upside-Down Punctuation?¡Yes!
Are You a Language Bully?Cut it out.
What the ...Why everyone and your mother started using ellipses ... everywhere.
Wait, I Have to Know What It Means, Too?Shame on the Scripps National Spelling Bee for forcing contestants to memorize definitions.
Why Do We Hate Certain Words?The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
Vowel MovementHow Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
No More Chinks in the ArmorThe Jeremy Lin controversy suggests it’s time to retire the phrase for good.
The Britishism InvasionLanguage corruption is a two-way street.
An Uh, Er, Um EssayIn praise of verbal stumbles.
The Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em DashModern prose doesn't need any more interruptions—seriously.
Wikipedia's "Macaca" ProblemThe user-generated encyclopedia makes George Allen's faux pas seem more clear-cut than it really was.
Capital EmbellishmentWhy do Tea Partiers uppercase so many of their nouns?