Discussion around recent court decisions on gay marriage suggests that the pace of social change can be pretty swift.
A question from a dinner guest prompts a closer look at the nuances of ‘into’ and ‘in to.’
People used to say, "It snew last night" or "It's snowen all week" – and not so long ago
Why isn't a meteorologist someone who studies meteors, and other questions from a cold snap.
A competition intended to identify 'curatorial talent' points up a new use for an old word.
The Monitor’s language columnist admits grudging admiration a wonky but useful term that covers a lot of important 'stuff.'
Oxford Dictionaries tapped selfie, first used by a partying young Australian in 2002, as word of the year.
'Selfie,' which was chosen for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary this summer, was selected by the dictionary's publishers as the 2013 word of the year. 'Selfie' is a photo of a person snapped by themselves, usually using a cell phone.
Even the mighty Oxford English Dictionary makes use of 'volunteers' in its research, and has done so from the beginning.
The speakers of a language have the final say on what goes into 'the dictionary.'