An honest review of Arika Okrent's new book: Highly Irregular.  Continue reading...

Language doesn't change very much in 85 years but it changes enough for the modern reader to uncover a few surprises.  Continue reading...

The dictionary that used to reside on the bookshelf lives in the cloud now. Publishers and lexicographers alike have sunk, but some continue to swim.  Continue reading...

English speakers are comfortable with many plural nouns that take a singular verb, as long as the noun falls into a class that has some familiar companions of the same kind.  Continue reading...

The language of road signs is intended to be helpful but it sometimes misses the mark.  Continue reading...

Has language taken a subordinate role in the explosion of new media, now that we have so many more metalinguistic ways to message directly than we used to?  Continue reading...

Sounds tend to survive the migration between languages more dependably than letters do. Let phonics show you the way!  Continue reading...

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