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Breaking news! There's a late entry in the race for Euphemism of the Year, Drivel of the Decade, and Malarkey of the Millennium.  Continue reading...
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Explore the differences between enhanced and the newer (by about 100 years) more general adjective improved. Is every imperfect thing subject to both improvement and enhancement?  Continue reading...
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As 2012 draws to a close, we're celebrating with a New Year's-themed crossword. Figure it out and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt!  Continue reading...
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How often do you see an article about the search for the origin of a phrase on the homepage of the New York Times website? Just about... never. And yet the Times today has a story about the history of an expression that we've delved into a couple of times in this space: "the whole nine yards." Diligent word-sleuthing has turned up a rather unexpected predecessor: "the whole six yards."  Continue reading...
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In his latest Word Tasting Note, James Harbeck presents a baker's dozen of reasons why he likes lagniappe, a word meaning "a small gift, especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase."  Continue reading...
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