After 20 years as a painter, Peter Barrett escaped the art world for the wilds of upstate New York, where he took up cooking, gardening, photography, and writing. In addition to regularly contributing "News" and "Just for Fun" content for Vocabulary.com, he writes for his own blog and several magazines. When he's not cooking or writing about cooking, he plays a lot of guitar and tends a vegetable garden that's visible from space.
Let's isolate the word quarantine and learn what separates it from the crowd. Continue reading...
This inescapable (literally) fact that we're all spending a lot of time at home these days got us thinking about words for house and home. Many of those words — such as domestic, domicile, and domain — share a common root with a long and interesting history. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
The backstory of the term novel, as in novel coronavirus, is a fascinating etymological tale that actually involves another pandemic — one that happened 700 years ago. Continue reading...

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