A look at an inspired metaphor for talking about the courtroom problem of tainted testimony in court.
'Water features' trace their origin – etymologically and literally – back to ancient Babylon and Rome.
A look at some of curious lingo of currency traders as the pound has fallen against the dollar in the wake of the ‘Brexit’ vote.
A look at the surprising history of a phrase that’s been much a part of this year’s presidential campaign.
The events of a long hot summer prompt research into some of the vocabulary of public gatherings.
The way people ‘vote with their feet’ for a new path through a park has something in common with the way they establish new grammatical usages by using them.
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.
A vintage Disney cartoon has some profound insights for today’s drivers.
The man in the white suit takes on Darwin and Chomsky.
There’s a special way to speak of someone who tells ‘the truth,’ and ‘nothing but the truth,’ but not quite ‘the whole truth.’
A look at how two identical words of very different origin drifted into one – and provided a perfect term for just this time of year.
In light of the incident of the American Olympians in Rio, a look at the vocabulary of overstatement, understatement.
At age 60, Puan is the oldest living Sumatran Orangutan in the world. He is seen at the Perth Zoo in Western Australia in this handout image released Thursday.
A presidential interview serves as a reminder that our language has two ‘out of the box’ idioms.
A word much heard during political seasons is an apt borrowing from the worlds of physics and math.
The late boxing great was an early rapper and a political poet as well as a pugilist.
A return visit to a familiar beach house prompts some thoughts on time and the ebb and flow of the ocean.
Why ‘female president’ isn’t the best term, however this year’s election turns out.
The US presidential race affords an opportunity to consider the difference between ‘heir apparent’ and ‘heir presumptive.’
A look at a go-to metaphor for headline writers: Who are yeomen, anyway?
We take a look at some fossils – words that live on in just a single idiom.
Activists are reframing the terms of public debate by refusing to call road deaths ‘accidents’ – and they’ve gotten the attention of The Associated Press.
Simplification of European place names continues as Prague government adopts a one-word name for the country.
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