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.
For over a century, a controversy has been brewing over what might be called the Loch Ness Monster of dialect study: the elusive singular “y’all.” There are a few who claim to have seen it in the wild, and many who denounce such claims as nonsense. Does it exist?... READ ON
Some plurals work in unexpected ways.... READ ON
English spelling is bizarre.... READ ON
Why so different?... READ ON
Your health issues might be mundane, but that’s no reason to be boring. Give your complaints some interesting heft with these fancy medical terms for commonplace problems.... READ ON
Lots of languages have distinct plural forms for "you." Wouldn't it be useful if English had one too?... READ ON
Use all your tiles at once and get that 50-point bonus with these common words.... READ ON
Researchers found something unexpected when they combined the data on all the words together.... READ ON
The plastic pink flamingo is the official city bird of Madison, WI.