A reader has brought my attention to an odd use of the word corroboratively in a job description for a communications specialist position: Work corroboratively as a member of an integrated contractor team…
About forty-two million Americans are 65 years or older. Advertisers, politicians, and researchers often need to refer to this group, but finding a term that will not insult its members is not easy.
The word epic is used so sloppily these days that a modern day polar explorer referring to the harrowing and courageous exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition felt that modification was needed.
A reader questions a word she heard spoken by a Fox News announcer: [The announcer used] the non-word “amnetize” to mean “granting amnesty to.” Just to make sure that it is not a real word, I looked it up as “amnetize” and “amnitize.” How can we stop this grammatical ugliness before it spreads?
A reader wonders why he is seeing book titles presented in all capitals: I’ve even seen publishers and editors do it, so I started thinking maybe I was misinformed.
The English word face may be used as either a noun or a verb, as illustrated by these citations from the Oxford English Dictionary.
English has several words that derive from caput, the Latin word for head. Here are just a few.
“I don’t care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.” No one knows who said it first, but anyone who has ever written for a newspaper or magazine has heard some version of this quotation.
Sharing the reader’s distress at the sight of overwhelm used as a noun, I launched a Web search to see how common the usage might be. I found more examples than I expected.
A reader asks to know the difference between “reclusion and seclusion, reclusive and seclusive.”
Because the adjective perfect derives from a Latin verb meaning “to accomplish, to perform, to complete,” explanations of the perfect forms of the verb often begin something like this.
A person who commits a felony is called a felon. A felony is a serious crime; what constitutes a felony differs from state to state, but in every state, crimes fall into three categories: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.