Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Is Couth a Real Word?
Have you ever used the word couth? It wasn’t long ago that the word was unrecognized by dictionaries — what …Read More
Why We Should All Just Chill Out About Language Change
As I’ve said many times on this blog: language changes. English evolves over time. That’s why the Beowulf poet wrote …Read More
Creative New Words from Washington Post Readers
I don’t live in the Washington D.C. environs, so I have only recently discovered the Style Invitational, a weekly humor …Read More
Verbing Weirds Language: When Nouns Become Verbs
Verbification, or verbing is the common linguistic transformation of nouns into verbs. This is usually natural, fine, and practical. I …Read More