The Good Word

Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat?

Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”

Sept. 11 2014 3:08 PMFingerprint WordsThe verbal tics that make up who we are—and how they spread to others.
Aug. 13 2014 11:43 AMThe End of BroThe term’s ubiquity may signal its demise.
July 1 2014 2:33 PMIs It Time to Kill Autocorrect?What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week. 
April 29 2014 10:38 AMShibboleth. Casuistry. Recondite.Bubble vocabulary: the words you almost know, sometimes use, but are secretly unsure of.
Jan. 28 2014 2:25 PMWill We Use Commas in the Future?Maybe.
Nov. 25 2013 9:45 AM¿Does English Need Upside-Down Punctuation?¡Yes!
Sept. 5 2013 12:53 PMAre You a Language Bully?Cut it out.
July 29 2013 11:25 AMWhat the ...Why everyone and your mother started using ellipses ... everywhere.
May 28 2013 6:02 PMWait, I Have to Know What It Means, Too?Shame on the Scripps National Spelling Bee for forcing contestants to memorize definitions.
April 1 2013 5:41 AMWhy Do We Hate Certain Words?The curious phenomenon of word aversion.
Aug. 22 2012 7:34 AMVowel MovementHow Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Feb. 21 2012 5:05 PMNo More Chinks in the ArmorThe Jeremy Lin controversy suggests it’s time to retire the phrase for good.
Sept. 20 2011 12:57 PMThe Britishism InvasionLanguage corruption is a two-way street.
July 26 2011 10:06 AMAn Uh, Er, Um EssayIn praise of verbal stumbles.
May 24 2011 4:32 PMThe Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em DashModern prose doesn't need any more interruptions—seriously.
Sept. 4 2014 7:42 AMThe Animal Effing KingdomScrew a duck! Or ... you know.
Aug. 6 2014 9:39 AMThe Secret Rules of Adjective OrderA long fascinating article—or is it a fascinating long article?
April 29 2014 11:41 PMWhere Yinz AtWhy Pennsylvania is the most linguistically rich state in the country.
March 5 2014 3:05 PMOff BrandsUnderstanding the terrible spelling and punctuation in corporate names.
Dec. 29 2013 11:55 PMWhoa! Woah?! Whoah.How an old exclamation became the Internet’s most variously spelled word.
Oct. 20 2013 11:45 PMShame on EveryoneJust because you don’t like someone’s criticism doesn’t mean they’re “shaming” you.
July 31 2013 8:30 AMWhat Is the Icelandic Word for “Four”?Fjórar. No, fjórir. No, fjögurra. No, fjarki. No …
July 1 2013 3:33 PMNo OffenseProfanity is changing. For the better.
May 23 2013 12:07 PMAre Apostrophes Necessary?Not really, no.
March 6 2013 5:37 AMPlease Do Not ChillaxAdjoinages and the death of the American pun.
May 31 2012 6:50 AMFalse Fronts in the Language WarsWhy New Yorker writers and others keep pushing bogus controversies.
Nov. 4 2011 12:52 PMCheerio, Bumbershoot!The word is not actually British for umbrella.
Aug. 18 2011 7:37 AMThat's So MystoWhat makes slang stick?
July 12 2011 11:03 AMQuestioning the Inca ParadoxDid the civilization behind Machu Picchu really fail to develop a written language?
May 12 2011 10:07 AMThe Rise of "Logical Punctuation".The period outside the quotation marks is not a copy error.

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