Category Archive for: ‘Fun with Words’

Where Did OK Come From?


Words are fascinating, but one of the frustrations that comes with etymology — the  study of word origins — is …

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Dord: Merriam-Webster’s Ghost Word


No one has ever intentionally slipped a phony word into the M-W Dictionary, but one sneaked in there by accident once. Check out the curious history of the non-word, dord.

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Overview of Basic Figures of Speech for Writers


A quick review of the most common figures of speech — handy tools for writers of all ages.

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Some Random Language Questions


What do we call a juvenile delinquent when he gets old? A geriatric delinquent?

This, and other perplexing and important questions in today’s blog post.

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