Category Archive for: ‘Fun with Words’

Identity Grammar


We use the word “identify” differently from how we used to. In this post, I examine this example of the evolution of English.

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Clipped Words


Maybe it’s a sign that English speakers and writers are lazy, but we have a historic tendency to shorten long …

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How About Some Christmas Charity for Ebeneezer Scrooge?


Why do we have to use Ebenezer’s name as a synonym for a tight-fisted miser? If you ask me, it’s not at all in keeping with the Christmas spirit.

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Is “Legit” Legit?


Is it okay to use “legit” in formal writing?

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12 Awesome Language Resources for the Word Nerd


Here are my twelve favorite language resources. Check them out!

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