Posted on 07/06/2020 at 02:17 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Brace yourselves, grammar traditionalists. Merriam-Webster has declared that “irregardless” is a word — “it may not be a word that...

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Posted on 06/11/2020 at 08:51 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

2020 has been a memorable year for the human species, and it’s a good thing our dictionaries have virtual options...

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Tagged As: Diversity, Language

Posted on 05/31/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

When, where, and why did the phrase “social distancing” first appear? If your guess was this past spring over the...

Posted on 04/15/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One more sign of the times: the Oxford English Dictionary is being updated, ahead of schedule, to reflect new words...

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Posted on 03/03/2020 at 03:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Oxford University Press has received an open letter, signed by a number of academics and equality advocates, asking for revisions...

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Posted on 02/06/2020 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Dennis Baron has bad news for some of you out there: singular “they” is here to stay. Baron, author of...

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Brexit has inspired many a debate in the years since it was proposed. This one, while less significant in the...

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Posted on 12/10/2019 at 07:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is the shortest one so far this season: they. But its brevity belies its complexity....

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Tagged As: Just for fun, Language

Posted on 12/09/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

At first blush, Dictionary.com’s 2019 word of the year seems to be following the doom-and-gloom theme set by other dictionaries’...

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Posted on 11/20/2019 at 04:02 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The next word of the year from a dictionary is along the same theme as the previous one. Oxford Dictionaries...

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