The Many Meanings of Quarter

The word quarter has numerous senses as a noun, verb, and adjective, is the basis of several words beginning with quarter, and shares an origin with quart. Quart and quarter come from Latin by way of French; in Latin, quartus means “the fourth”; it is cognate with four. Quart came to mean “one-fourth of a … Read more

Emigrants vs. Immigrants vs. Migrants

What’s the difference between an emigrant and an immigrant, and where do migrants fit in? The answer, for both questions, is that it’s a matter of direction. Emigrant, immigrant, and migrant all stem from the Latin verb migrare, which means “to move from one direction to another.” The distinction between the nearly identical-sounding first two … Read more

Style Quiz #7: Basic Number Rules

All but one of the following sentences demonstrate incorrect style for numbers according to The Chicago Manual of Style; revise the style of the number as necessary: 1. Last year, 37 aircraft were retired from the fleet. 2. The first time the class was offered, 245 students registered for seven sections, and 38 were put … Read more