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Have Fun With This QU I--Z


I recently challenged you with a quiz on frequently-confused words, based on a list compiled by Bob Barton of Farmington, Conn. That quiz comprised words from the first half of the alphabet, and many of you have asked for more. So here's a ...

'Media' Says 'Underway' Is 'Alright'?


Faithful reader Leo Rockas rocked me recently when he emailed me three challenging questions: When did "under way" become one word? When did "media" become singular? When did "all right" become "alright"? --underway/under way: Traditionally, ...

Meanings Meander Through History


We think of words as immutable -- sturdy bricks with permanent meanings that we can interlock to build solid walls of clarity. Phrases such as "I give you my word" reflect our faith in unchanging definitions. But in fact, words are more like ...

We're Getting 'Ahead' of Ourselves


TV Commentator: Both presidential campaigns are gearing up ahead of the November election. Viewer: You mean they're gearing up BEFORE the November election? As reader NJ DeVico of Titusville, N.J., reminds me, "ahead of" has replaced the ...

Your 'Quiz'otic Quest Starts Here


Bob Barton of Farmington, Conn., has kindly sent me a list of frequently confused words compiled during his 30-year editing career. I've incorporated some from the first half of the alphabet into a quick quiz. Can you select the correct word in ...

Wheels Come Off 'You're Welcome' Wagon


When you say "Thank you" to someone these days, which response are you LEAST likely to receive? "No worries." "No problem." "My pleasure." "You're welcome." "Happy to help." "You got it." "Not at all." "Don't mention it." "It was nothing." "...

Who Says You 'Cant' Sing?


When your slightly tipsy uncle starts bellowing "Some Enchanted Evening," he's actually singing in more ways than one. That's because the word "enchanted" derives from "cantus," the past participle of the Latin verb "cantare," meaning "to sing....

This 'Trash' Talk Is Smokin'


What's today's trendiest term for a calamity? Forget "train wreck," "meltdown," "hot mess" and "epic fail." It's "dumpster fire." After smoldering quietly among sportswriters for the last eight years, "dumpster fire" has roared to life this ...

A Broadcast Gone Terribly Wrong


We begin our newscast with breaking news from Charlie Jargon with the Channel 99 mobile newsroom . . . Thanks, Dave. We're live at the scene in this normally quiet neighborhood where militant activists have taken to the streets to protest the ...

Working Out a Two-State Solution


I recently asked readers how many common four-letter words they could make by combining the postal abbreviations of two states, e.g., CANE (California, Nebraska). The response has left me, appropriately enough, in two states: both astounded by ...