A look at Washington’s vocabulary for ways of making officials available to the media – or not.
Does a term borrowed from Arthurian legend get maybe too much of a workout in the news media?
After year-end remembrances of the dear departed, a look at why we call them ‘late.’
A look at three idioms for different kinds of ‘distance’ – literal and figurative.
If you've read 'Verbal Energy' over the past year, you'll have all the answers.
‘Elite’ has become such a pejorative over the last while; let’s take a look at its roots and its word kin.
Political ‘women in white’ at the US president’s address to Congress prompt thoughts on the link between ‘suffering’ and ‘suffrage.’
The discovery of a whole family of new-to-us planets is a reminder how observatories have evolved over time.
A new(ish) term of art for resistance that moves at a stately pace.
Merriam-Webster’s ‘trending now’ words: the vocabulary of a new era in Washington.
Thoughts on language rights and language learning as International Mother Language Day is observed.
Unraveling the mysteries of proper names.
A look at how some odd place names may – or may not – have come to be.
Police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday.
A little hygge may be just what we need as we head into the northern winter.
When civilization seems to be under pressure in the ‘post-truth’ era, the public library helps hold things together.
We don’t know the roots of ‘gig,’ but its sound symbolism suggests a certain resilience – which we’re all going to need.
Data cruncher extraordinaire Josh Katz has turned the responses he got to his fascinating online dialect quiz into a new book.
Before the holiday, a look at the roots of our vocabulary of gratitude.
A look at the many meanings of a useful little word – and those of its evil twin.
An official form that must be filed with 12 copies prompts some musings on how hardworking the metaphor ‘folding’ is in our language.
A look at an inspired metaphor for talking about the courtroom problem of tainted testimony in court.
The longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers sometimes broadcast the game by knowing when to shut up.
An account of how one of the Chelsea bombs was foiled introduces a colorful bit of New York City slang.
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