Sometimes — mayhaps many times — we need words to help us make fun of other words, not to mention the preening posers who use them, including ourselves. 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...
Bomb, like its close relative boom, is an irresistible word that helps us describe an unpredictable world that can leave any of us feeling shellshocked and, lately, snowed-over. 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...

The Last Word on "Jedi"

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Star Wars has made many contributions to English, but none more significant that Jedi. Continue reading...
The recent discovery of Octlantis, an undersea community of octopuses just off the eastern coast of Australia, is a reminder of how a novel blend can perfectly name a new phenomenon, no matter how wild or multi-tentacled. Continue reading...
London's colossal clog is a reminder of the history of berg and its parent word iceberg. With language, there's always a lot going on beneath the surface. Continue reading...
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