Demise of the -er Comparative

Perhaps, like me, you were taught in elementary school that most one-syllable adjectives, plus two-syllable adjectives that end in y, […]

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Calculus Etymology

I did not take calculus in high school. (I barely made it through basic math.) All I know about calculus […]

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Writing the Pandemic

Since the media’s first faltering coverage of the coronavirus called COVID-19, the disease has not only embedded itself in the […]

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Pandemic Vocabulary

This post was prompted by a reader who poses the following question: What is the preferred way to write Covid-19 […]

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Critical Race Theory

An academic term receiving a lot of attention these days is Critical Race Theory. When a previously specialized term makes […]

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Some Rules about Periods

The first rule a child learns about the period (Br. “full stop”) is that it ends a sentence. Where else […]

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12 Words That End in -nym

Most of us are probably familiar with these -nym words: synonym a word that means the same as another word: […]

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