Words from the week of 5/22/2020
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Surprisingly specific words for shapes.
A definitive answer.
Most of the time.
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
And who put it there, anyway?
What's with his feathered cap?
Is there one standard way?
How we chose 'they'
And is one more correct than the others?
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
No other common verb follows the pattern of _sneak_…_snuck_. And no one's quite sure why.
They started as the same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Tripping up English Speakers for 700 years
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Some practical guidance, and interesting history, about a common mistake.
Why is pig meat called 'pork' and cow meat called 'beef?' Because English took on a big serving of French words following the Norman Conquest.
"Verily, I say unto you, the public is a hot mess"
How an ancient philosophical movement devoted to the pursuit of virtue came to describe eye-rolling criticism.
The story of those iconic illustrations.
Noah Webster: the man who changed the way we spell... up to a point.
No one calls it the Merriam-Webster comma. Why?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Editor Peter Sokolowski talks about 'feminism' and the rest of our Word of the Year 2017 selections
Trump remarks drive lookups
Cuomo announces NY beach openings
Fauci encourages caution
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
A question for the ages
Sorting them out with style.
They're perfectly grammatical.
Listen to the words and spell through all three levels.