Linguist, author of In the Land of Invented Languages, living in Chicago, doing her part to fight off the cot-caught merger and keep "gym shoes" alive.
Whether you're settling in for a few days of snowed-in coziness at home or a few days of airport purgatory, you can probably use something to read. Here are some beautiful descriptions of snow from literature.... READ ON
Words suggest one thing, but their histories tell us another.... READ ON
Love can be found in unexpected places—including our vocabulary.... READ ON
You may have heard of the hot new linguistic fad that’s creeping into U.S. speech and undermining your job chances.... READ ON
In the United States, the most common pronunciation is feb-yoo-air-ee. Both Merriam-Webster and American Heritage dictionaries consider the common pronunciation correct, along with the less common, more traditional standard feb-roo-air-ee.... READ ON
The German language is so perfectly suited for these syndromes, coming down with them in any other language just won’t do.... READ ON
At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."