Nerding Out on "Nerd"

The realm of nerdiness has been steadily expanding for years, with nerd culture taking over the world in the form of technology and pop culture. That makes this a good time to look at this insult turned compliment with a murky past and bright future.  Continue reading...

Sometimes — mayhaps many times — we need words to help us make fun of other words, not to mention the preening posers who use them, including ourselves.  Continue reading...

Bomb, like its close relative boom, is an irresistible word that helps us describe an unpredictable world that can leave any of us feeling shellshocked and, lately, snowed-over.  Continue reading...

Star Wars has made many contributions to English, but none more significant that Jedi.  Continue reading...

The recent discovery of Octlantis, an undersea community of octopuses just off the eastern coast of Australia, is a reminder of how a novel blend can perfectly name a new phenomenon, no matter how wild or multi-tentacled.  Continue reading...

London's colossal clog is a reminder of the history of berg and its parent word iceberg. With language, there's always a lot going on beneath the surface.  Continue reading...

Besides college football, New Year's Eve toasts and a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne at midnight, the other New Year's tradition is the New Year's resolution. Here's a look at the lexical mysteries surrounding some of the holiday's traditions.  Continue reading...

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