Adam Cooper studied linguistics at Brandeis University and The University of Chicago. Since 2010, he has been working with The Endangered Language Alliance in New York City on documentation and preservation projects.
We like the idea of giving someone another shot so much that we thought we'd explore the language of getting things right. Continue reading...
June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day. And while the toy is a fine thing to celebrate, we thought it'd be fun to take a look at the word and what is has come to mean. Continue reading...
Whether your plans include spring cleaning, yard sale picking, or both — here's some terminology related to people's (and rodents') urge to collect. Continue reading...
Knowing the lingo of the Winter Olympic events brings a little more understanding and, we hope, a little more enjoyment to watching the games. Continue reading...
There's so much more to New Year's than auld lang syne and a toast at midnight, so start anew by learning some of the more unusual customs and words associated with this holiday. Continue reading...
Which is correct, stuffing or dressing? Why is it called a cornucopia, anyway? Where did we get the word pumpkin? Fascinate your family and friends on Turkey Day with the answers to these and other vexing vocabulary questions. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
There's some pretty terrific vocabulary associated with bleak situations. So grab a gherkin and savor these words related to pickles, muddles, and other forms of trouble. Continue reading...
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