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 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
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.
In his new memoir, 'Little Failure,' Gary Shteyngart captures the almost physical love of language that leads him to a career as a writer.
An old word used in a new way gets the nod as the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year for 2013.