Words at Play

“The Internet encourages people to think of baby names like user names. Once a name is taken, they think, ‘That’s it—I have to find a new one.’” Finding a unique name for your baby can be challenging – and very expensive.

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Portrait of My Dead Brother

Portrait of My Dead Brother by Salvador Dalí

What is a “necronym”? Jeannie Vanasco, who was named after her deceased half sister, writes a moving essay that gives us insight into that word in a way that a simple definition could never impart.

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So, what’s the problem with starting a sentence with, “so”? Well, nothing, I guess. It just seems to me that “well” might be more appropriate.

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Do you have trouble deciding when to use “I” and when to use “me”? NPR has a short test that will gauge your knowledge.

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In a recent post Richard Lederer presented some very funny puns, and he’s looking for more from his readers.

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“Harvard, it turns out, once had its own dialect, distinct from the Boston accent, as we know it.” What was distinct about it? Eric Randall explains.

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Apple PieAnd finally, the Oxford Dictionaries blog gives us the origins of 11 idioms that are associated with baking (and a few variations on them).

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