Posted on 10/11/2021 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Coverage of the new Grapes of Wrath edition — which replicates John Steinbeck’s manuscript exactly — brought new attention to...

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Posted on 09/19/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Credit for the first use of an emoticon (remember those pre-emoji days?) typically goes to Dr. Scott Fahlman, a professor...

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Posted on 09/07/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Labor Day is in the books, meaning we suspect most US schools are back in session. And we’d hate to...

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Tagged As: Just for fun, Language

Posted on 09/05/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Pretty soon, you’ll be hearing and reading a certain phrase, both ironically and earnestly. What are we referring to? “It’s...

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Posted on 08/25/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Linguistics geeks know that there are official “academies” that issue rules for their languages. But English is not one of...

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Tagged As: Language

Posted on 08/19/2021 at 08:50 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you feel like literature has become bleaker, you’re not wrong. That’s the conclusion of a study from Indiana University...

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Tagged As: Language, Reading

Posted on 08/17/2021 at 11:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns can definitely be tricky. Writer’s Digest editor Robert Lee Brewer devoted an entire post to...

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Posted on 08/16/2021 at 09:43 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

With yesterday being the anniversary of the real-life Macbeth’s death, the literary blogs we follow were in a Shakespearean state...

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Posted on 07/19/2021 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Mark the new workweek with new (well, new to Dictionary.com) words. In addition to its springtime update, Dictionary.com has added...

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Tagged As: Language

Posted on 07/13/2021 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Concerns about linguistic extinction are, apparently, nothing new. Atlas Obscura recently shared the story of Valentin Vodnik, a Slovene priest...

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Tagged As: History, Language