In April, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary did something unusual. For the previous 20 years, they had issued quarterly updates to announce new words and meanings selected for inclusion. These updates ha… Learn more.
Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”? What if I told you that your teachers were wrong and there are lots of other so-called grammar rules that we’ve proba… Learn more.
While fiction writers have a special dispensation to scatter sentence fragments and comma splices throughout their ripping yarns, writers of academic prose are held to higher standards. Examiners of theses and review… Learn more.
Like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens liked to invent new words. Along with flummox, abuzz, and whiz-bang, he is also often credited with ‘the growlery’, which he mentioned in passing in Bleak House. There is some debate… Learn more.
Humans have speculated about the emergence of language and linguistic diversity since Antiquity. Perhaps the earliest reference to this question is in the book of Genesis in the Judeo-Christian Bible. In this narrat… Learn more.
Julius Caesar and Otello (the version of Othello by Giuseppe Verdi and his librettist Arrigo Boito): These are the texts that framed the final remarks of federal Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. in the case of Dzhokhar … Learn more.
A few years ago I stopped referring to my students in my writing. It’s not that I ceased talking about students; I stopped referring to them as mine. Or at least I try. I am sure I still fall into the phrase my stud… Learn more.
The query took me by surprise. A few weeks ago an editor who was reviewing a piece I had submitted (for a publication other than this one) wrote: You start one paragraph: “There’s good reason we associate. … ”… Learn more.
Read the above title aloud before you continue. I have a real problem about pronouncing it. Let me explain. In the fall I was quite unexpectedly forced to move house.My new home has not only an off-street parking spo… Learn more.
Ex. 1: torture. Today, class, we will look at a word that is not complicated. Our friends at the Oxford English Dictionary help us get started: 1.a. The infliction of severe bodily pain, as punishment or a means… Learn more.