The word for the path of the planets has a common ancestor with the term for the words that get left out.
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 sentence consisting of a single word repeated multiple times shows the great flexibility of the English language.
The search to find out when bound books replaced scrolls leads to a new appreciation of why printed books still hold their own as a “high-tech” format.
This hardworking monosyllable refers both to ways of making things known and ways of keeping them secret.
A question from a dinner guest prompts a closer look at the nuances of ‘into’ and ‘in to.’
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.
That wildly popular online New York Times dialect quiz illustrates, among other things, how rooted our word choices are in the environment we live in.
People used to say, "It snew last night" or "It's snowen all week" – and not so long ago
A review of a 'best books of the year' list reveals just how essential a particular mark of punctuation is to book titles.