A single space after a period, or two? Inquiring minds want to know, but the single space has been established typographical convention.
Yes, language changes. But this old-fashioned verb mood is still useful when the voice of authority speaks.
The word for the path of the planets has a common ancestor with the term for the words that get left out.
A metaphor of three roads diverging – or converging – underlies a group of words describing what really matters, and what doesn’t.
Discussion around recent court decisions on gay marriage suggests that the pace of social change can be pretty swift.
A European court ruling upholds a Spaniard’s ‘right to be forgotten.’
The simple word ‘get’ gets around – even if it gets on some editors’ nerves.
A preposition that started out being quite confrontational has mellowed over time, to cover not just fights in court or the ring, but just ordinary comparisons
High-frequency trading may be the hottest new thing on Wall Street, but the term for bots that make it happen has ancient roots.
A provocative bit of video considers the geographic variations in the questions people ask to take the measure of a stranger.
A document gone astray at tax time reminds the Monitor’s language columnist how technology has changed the distinctions between original and copy.
A conversation with a vertebrate paleontologist reminds the Monitor's language columnist just how many nuances enter into the way we describe life-forms.
A look at the two much-used terms for the rich and powerful.
More drive time this winter has given the Monitor's language columnist time to think – and copy-edit her fellow travelers' signage.