A simple way to keep them apart. (Most of the time.)
Some imitative words are more surprising than others
And is one way more correct than the others?
An imaginary word that snuck into the dictionary
Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?
A simple trick to keep them separate
How 'literally' can mean "figuratively"
Thawing one of the mysteries of English
We're intent on clearing it up
We're gonna stop you right there
Is it all the same anyway?
And is one more correct than the others?
No one calls it the Merriam-Webster comma. Why?
There, there. We'll sort it out.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
No other common verb follows the pattern of _sneak_…_snuck_. And no one's quite sure why.
They started as the same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time.
Editor Emily Brewster clarifies the difference.
'Poets laureate'? 'Court-martials'? The curious history of postpositive adjectives in English.
Why does it sound strange to say 'funner' or 'funnest?'
Why is pig meat called 'pork' and cow meat called 'beef?' Because English took on a big serving of French words following the Norman Conquest.
Our research turned up two archaic literal meanings
How an ancient philosophical movement devoted to the pursuit of virtue came to describe eye-rolling criticism.
The story of those iconic illustrations.
Soop, wimmen, and headake did not make the cut
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How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors
Odd Habits and Quirks
You know what it looks like… but what is it called?
A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.
When each letter can be seen but not heard
Some may be more useful than others.
One L or two?
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