A metaphor of three roads diverging – or converging – underlies a group of words describing what really matters, and what doesn’t.
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 European court ruling upholds a Spaniard’s ‘right to be forgotten.’
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.
Academics have a term for those phrases we use to soften well-meant criticisms – or to position ourselves when we want to deliver a real zinger.