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.
There are many stories of its origin, but here's the one that's lexicographer-approved.... READ ON
A look at sweet nothings from around the world. ... READ ON
The Oxford English Dictionary just announced its latest update, adding 500 new words and over 2400 new senses of existing words to its online database. Here are some of the best bits from the new expansion.... READ ON
Cockney rhyming slang is a coded way of speaking where a word or phrase is substituted through another through rhyme.... READ ON
It's no coincidence that the word used to describe dear old dad was so similar across distinct classical languages.... READ ON
Dudes have been around since the 1880s, but they've changed a lot since then.... READ ON
Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.