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Words at Play

All of the articles in this edition of Words at Play come from the venerable Guardian.  There are many more articles about words at the newspaper’s website, but I found those below to be particularly interesting. “What’s in a name?  … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Perhaps you have never heard of a lexicographer named Kory Stamper, but she is very popular with word nerds.  In addition to her public relations duties with Merriam-Webster she gives talks about words and has recorded numerous short YouTube videos … Continue reading

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Words at Play

I recently read a wonderful book about words entitled Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words (2010) by Phil Cousineau.  The author discusses approximately 250 words (in alphabetical order), but also talks about many more “companion … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Campus Reform, a Conservative website, recently featured a story about a guide on the University of New Hampshire website that lists biased words and phrases along with appropriate substitutes. One of the words is “American,” which implies, so the guide … Continue reading

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Words at Play

While reading part of Disease: The Extraordinary Stories Behind History’s Deadliest Killers by Mary Dobson, I ran across this: “The use of quarantine to prevent contagious epidemics from entering ports arose in the wake of the Black Death.  In 1377 … Continue reading

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Words at Play

The French actually have an academy to help them keep their language pure.  I guess that seems a bit strange to me because English has borrowed words from every language on earth.  Nevertheless, the French are determined to fight a … Continue reading

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