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Dictionary.com's word of the year is picked by the highest number of searches and influence in popular culture, and this year 'complicit' came in first.... [Read More]
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Is there something about "ballistic" that makes a missile even more dangerous? [Read More]
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A new term of political insult from the White House carries some serious baggage. [Read More]
After the Senate's healthcare votes, the word 'repeal' took on a new fascination for me. [Read More]
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After the Senate's healthcare votes, the word 'repeal' took on a new fascination for me. [Read More]
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Why English has so many forms for the verbs referring to coming out of sleep... [Read More]
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A vintage mystery-thriller flick provides a very current term for a form of psychological warfare that seems much in use lately. [Read More]
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A high-flown term for 'salary' seems to be rooted in a metaphor of ground grain, but the word's sound symbolism suggests something else. [Read More]
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A look at a word with two very different senses alive and well in the news columns. [Read More]
An obsolete term still has its place in some legal contexts. [Read More]
The Monitor's language columnist is reminded that bureaucracy is literally 'rule by desks.'... [Read More]
After the French presidential election, a look at our vocabulary for describing political parties. [Read More]
The roots of this common word hint that striking a deal can be such hard work. [Read More]
The story of the Huguenots may have some lessons for us today. [Read More]
A look at a distinctively American political term and its distinctively obscure derivation. [Read More]
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]
'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]
A look at Washington's vocabulary for ways of making officials available to the media — or not. [Read More]
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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