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.
It turns out, there are a number of things about English that conspire to make “I could care less” a less irrational phrase than it might seem.... READ ON
Now the names for these creatures big and small make total sense.... READ ON
Most contractions in English are pretty straightforward. Put it together, and shorten it up. What could be easier? But that isn't the case for "will not" which becomes "won't" instead of "willn't."... READ ON
The Oxford English Dictionary is honoring the centenary with an appeal to the public for help in finding the earliest documented uses of words that first came into English during World War I. ... READ ON
While many of the results match up with our expectations, not everything was so obvious.... READ ON
In English we have a few different ways to write the sound of a kiss: muah, smack, xxx. They get the idea across, but none of them imitate the actual sound of a kiss.... READ ON
Perfectly innocent Latin or Greekisms that just happen to sound like something else.... READ ON
It was 50 years ago this week that the Beatles first landed in the U.S. and set off a wave of Beatlemania from coast to coast with their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. By the end of the 1960s, their music had spread worldwide, not only in their own recordings, but in versions translated into other languages and sung by local pop stars. Here are 4 of the …best?...strangest?...most dumbfounding? Whatever they are, you don't want to miss them.... READ ON
Before Sochi was selected as the host of the 2014 winter Olympics, not many people had heard of it, so it didn't have a widely known English pronunciation. ... READ ON
Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.