1. Words Matter: When A Wife Becomes A Widow

    You lose your keys, you don't lose a person who's the whole world to you.
  2. Words Bookworms Mispronounce Because We Read Them First

    Anyone who has spent nights during their childhood huddled under a comforter with a flashlight (or more recently a flashlight app) lighting up the splayed pages of a book knows that being a bookworm helps you build the sort of vocabulary that earns you eyerolls on the playground and accolades from the teachers. Yet, dedicated bibliophiles know there’s really only one problem that comes with …

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    “Compliment” vs. “Complement”: How To Pick The Right Word

    Compliment and complement are commonly confused terms because they’re pronounced alike and originally shared some meanings. But over time, they’ve become separate words with entirely different definitions. What does complement mean? Complement with an E is the older of the two terms. Its noun sense has been around in English since the 1300s. The term derives from the Latin complēmentum, meaning “something that completes.” So, that means if …

  4. What’s The Difference Between “i.e.” vs. “e.g.”?

    What’s the difference between i.e. and e.g.? They may be small, but their power to befuddle writers and speakers of the English language is mighty. The term i.e. is a shortening of the Latin expression id est, which translates to “that is.” It is used to introduce a rephrasing or elaboration on something that has already been stated. The term e.g. is an abbreviation of …

  5. The Power Of Reclaiming Controversial Terms

    Fair warning: Reading ahead will put you in contact with some controversial “bad” words. There are some words in English considered so derogatory and controversial that some people won’t even type them out. They’re shortened, instead, to the just one letter, followed by “word.” The c-word. The b-word. They’re the sort of words young children are told never to utter and most certainly not to hurl …

  6. What’s Wrong With The Word “Addict”?

    The word addict dates back to at least the 1500s, adapted from the Latin addictus, meaning “assigned, surrendered.” But, if experts in drug addiction treatment have their way, use of the word addict as a noun will soon see its end date. Addict is defined by as “a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance.” While the definition is technically true, …

  7. Word Offenders: Avoid These Words!

    Some words become our biggest language offenders because we use them way too often. Are you guilty of using these words?
  8. These Are The Words That Defined 2017

    As 2017 came to a close, we reflected on the words that impacted all of us, for better or for worse.
  9. The Mind-Bending Stroop Effect: Don’t Read These Words!

    WARNING: Your brain is about to experience conflict and interference, while executing a suspiciously mundane task.
  10. The Dirtiest Words … That Aren’t

    Pull your minds out of the gutter for this show!