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I Know What You Said Last Summer


Summertime, when the living is easy . . . But the lingo of summer isn't so easy. Here's a handy guide to pesky terms that dive bomb us like mosquitos on long summer evenings. Speaking of long evenings, remember that it's "daylight saving time"...

The Devil Made Me Chew It


Picture a devil on your left shoulder and an angel on your right shoulder. Now select the correct origin for each diabolical or heavenly food name: 1. Deviled eggs A. They often have red paprika sprinkled on them. B. They're often made with ...

Let's Play Beach Blanket Lingo!


Whether you're boating, biking or beaching this summer, tote along one of these new books about words and language. Take a refreshing dive into a crystal lake with "Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Matters" by Harold Evans (Little, Brown, $...

Let's Jive 'Bout 'Gibe' 'n 'Jibe'


"Gibe, "jibe" or "jive"? We seem to slip on the banana peels dropped by these troublesome triplets every time we encounter them. See whether you can select the correct word in each of these sentences: The raucous audience started to heckle and...

This Column Is a Good Read


We can do the remove and install in two days. The build will take a week. I'd like to introduce the new hire. If these sentences grate on your nerves, you're not alone. Mark Lander of Old Saybrook, Conn., sent them to me to illustrate the ...

Dubbings of Derby Dobbins Mirror History


The triumph of Always Dreaming in this year's Kentucky Derby has spurred me to ponder the relevance of his name to our parlous political times. Does it evoke the undocumented children of immigrants known as "Dreamers"? President Donald Trump's ...

Quoting a (Long) Line from Shakespeare


Q: I am really bothered by the modern abbreviation "who's next," as in "May I help who's next?" I take it to be a shortened form of "May I help the person who is next in line?" Does this abbreviation bother you? Why or why not? -- Deborah ...

Which Origin is Pure Poppycock?


"Fake news." "Alternative facts." It's nothing new. Creative and colorful terms for tall tales, fishy fibs and deceptive distortions slither like con men through American lingo. The origins of some of these expressions are, appropriately enough...

Double Takes on the 'Read' Carpet


Are you sometimes confused by look-alike celebrities? Is that Carey Mulligan or Michelle Williams? Daniel Radcliffe or Elijah Wood? Danny DeVito or a walnut with arms? Similar confusion can occur when we encounter words that look alike and ...

Word Hawk Swoops in on 'Fell'


"One fell swoop." Most scholars believe it was William Shakespeare who first used this phrase, and he imbued it with the most negative meaning possible. In Shakespeare's "Macbeth," when Macduff learns that his wife and all his children have ...