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Pronunciation Causes 'Utter' Confusion

Dec/13/2017

Pronunciation can be controversial and divisive. Phonology fanatics both lam-BAYST and lam-BAST their opponents, throw both tuh-MAY-tohs and tuh-MAH-tohs at them, and even threaten them with both HAHM-i-side and HOHM-i-side. Aptly enough, even ...





Coming to Terms with U.S. History

Dec/06/2017

You can learn a lot about American history not only by studying wars, treaties and laws but also by examining its words. Do you know, for instance, why opponents of Andrew Jackson called themselves "Whigs"? Why the Republican Party was first ...





Are You Booked for the Holidays?

Nov/29/2017

Put some schoolin' in your yule-in' this holiday season with one of these new books about words and language. "Breezy" and "entertaining" aren't words usually associated with grammar, but they aptly describe "Making Sense -- The Glamorous Story...





A Different Kind of Great Divide

Nov/22/2017

During the past few decades, our nation has been ripped in two by extreme partisanship. One side blasts the other as "bleeding hearts," "permissivists," "panderers." The other side calls its opponents "reactionaries," "protectionists" and "...





I Now Pronounce You Mangled by Kyff

Nov/15/2017

Here's a pronunciation quiz I'd fail miserably. That's because it comprises eight words I've always mispronounced. Can you show up the Word Guy by choosing the correct pronunciation? 1. fungi -- A. FUN-guy (hard "g") B. FUN-juy (soft "g") 2. ...





Why Do We Verb Nouns?

Nov/08/2017

"Let's Christmas like crazy!" "How do you burger?" "People encored him again and again!" Faithful reader Oren Spiegler of Upper Saint Clair, Pa., recently spotted these exuberant conversions of nouns to verbs. Like most of us, Oren enjoys ...





Bewitched and Bothered by 'Bemused'

Nov/01/2017

Jim Bond of Canton, Conn., recently wrote to ask about the shifting meanings of "bemused." Indeed, this word seems to change colors more often than a chameleon on plaid. Sometimes "bemused" denotes bewilderment. Ian Bremmer, for instance, told ...





Can You Detect What's Incorrect?

Oct/25/2017

You're the editor! See whether you can identify the grammatical or wording problem in each sentence and fix it. Warning: These are tricky and picky! 1. The senator's proposal appealed to Americans of all regions, ages, backgrounds, social class...





Mixed Reviews for TV News

Oct/18/2017

I've recently noticed some intriguing linguistic trends and glitches on national evening news programs... -- Missing in Action. More and more broadcast journalists are omitting the main verbs of sentences, turning their reports into mosaics of ...





Everything Is Under Con-Troll

Oct/11/2017

Have you heard the story of Cornelius "Con" Trary and his encounter with the troll? Con is a conventional, traditional guy -- a tied-down cannon who thinks inside the box, pushes in all the stops, and burns his candle at one end. He likes to ...