A rule we thought would be gone by now, the one about avoiding like in favor of as, proves more durable than expected
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.
The story of a familiar word shows how words carry their history within them.
A sentence consisting of a single word repeated multiple times shows the great flexibility of the English language.
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.
Writers should be wary of 'rules' that draw a distinction without making a difference.
'Kiev' still makes sense as the way to refer to the troubled capital, but that may change.