The story of a familiar word shows how words carry their history within them.
The Texas energy giant’s record for largest corporate bankruptcy has long since been overtaken, but linguists will be feasting on the Enron e-mail dataset for years.
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.
A question from a dinner guest prompts a closer look at the nuances of ‘into’ and ‘in to.’
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.