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Readers Surmise That Bloopers Arise


The Word Guy Blooper Patrol has been working overtime to send me mistakes that have appeared in print. Can you spot the blots? 1. "Rescue personnel summarized the occupants must have abandoned the vehicle." In a nutshell, they scrammed. (...

Verbal Relics Lurk in Gadgets


Have you ever noticed that many terms we use for new technologies are surprisingly old-fashioned? Mark Lander of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, recently reminded me of the linguistic ghosts that haunt our modern gizmos. In fact, his email message ...

'Finny' Usage Swims Upstream


Huckleberry Finny: When my daughter texted a friend that she was planning to visit her, the friend texted back: "The Kyffster is finny to come to Boston!" Finny? Did this term have something to do with Boston's being famous for codfish? Would her...

Playing the Corporate Name Game


What's in a name? For corporations, a lot of money. The nation's wealthiest companies spend millions to craft monikers that are distinctive, attractive and unique. So what does the current Fortune 500 list suggest about trends in corporate ...

Are 'U' a Sage of Usage?


Veni, vidi, vici. Can you conquer all 10 questions on this usage quiz? 1. The expenses for this project are not (A. estimable B. estimatable). 2. They'll reinforce the foundation as a (A. preventive B. preventative) measure. 3. The ...

And the Cow 'Flu' Over the 'Immune'


This winter just "flu" by, didn't it? My own bout began a week ago when invading forces apparently flanked the Maginot line of my flu shot. They've now settled in for a grim siege of my 'Flem'ish fields. (Don't worry. By the time you read this, ...

These Are Peeves You Don't Want To Pet


Every so often I let slip the dogs of words and allow my readers' pet peeves to roam ravenously through my column. Grrrrrr... Elizabeth Ryan of Pittsburgh says she's infuriated by the rampant substitution of "myself" for "me" and even "I," e.g....

The Most Dangerous Words in America


Product warning labels can sometimes be hilarious: "Remove child before washing" on a pair of kids' overalls, "May cause drowsiness" on a package of sleeping pills, "This costume does not enable flight" on a Superman costume. My all-time ...

Dictionary Dive Hits a Brick Wall


An occupational hazard of writing this column is distraction. No, I don't mean being interrupted by robocalls or the cat who suddenly vaults onto my desk. I mean getting sidetracked, such as looking up the word "effulgent" in the dictionary and...

Let's Play Whack-a-Blunder!


Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and try your hand at Whack-a-Blunder! Can you find 25 usage errors in this story about a literary contest gone horribly wrong? Don't be shy! It's first come, first serve ... er, first served. Wilky Winkerby ...