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A look at a distinctively American political term and its distinctively obscure derivation. [Read More]
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A phrase much in use lately to describe uncomfortable silences reminds us how idioms work best when they stay in touch with their origins. [Read More]
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'Care' began as an emotion but now is an activity accounting for nearly a fifth of the United States economy. [Read More]
A look at Washington's vocabulary for ways of making officials available to the media – or not. [Read More]
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A look at Washington's vocabulary for ways of making officials available to the media — or not. [Read More]
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Political 'women in white' at the US president's address to Congress prompt thoughts on the link between 'suffering' and 'suffrage.'... [Read More]
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The discovery of a whole family of new-to-us planets is a reminder how observatories have evolved over time. [Read More]
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A new(ish) term of art for resistance that moves at a stately pace. [Read More]
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Thoughts on language rights and language learning as International Mother Language Day is observed. [Read More]
A look at how some odd place names may — or may not — have come to be. [Read More]
Does a term borrowed from Arthurian legend get maybe too much of a workout in the news media? [Read More]
After year-end remembrances of the dear departed, a look at why we call them 'late.'... [Read More]
A look at three idioms for different kinds of 'distance' — literal and figurative. [Read More]
If you've read 'Verbal Energy' over the past year, you'll have all the answers. [Read More]
If you've read 'Verbal Energy' over the past year, you'll have all the answers. [Read More]
'Elite' has become such a pejorative over the last while; let's take a look at its roots and its word kin. [Read More]
A little hygge may be just what we need as we head into the northern winter. [Read More]
A little hygge may be just what we need as we head into the northern winter. [Read More]
We don't know the roots of 'gig,' but its sound symbolism suggests a certain resilience – which we're all going to need. [Read More]
Data cruncher extraordinaire Josh Katz has turned the responses he got to his fascinating online dialect quiz into a new book. [Read More]
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