Happy Valentine’s Day! What’s so happy about it? Well, the cards and the candy and the pledges of love to name a few. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the word valentine is associated with some pretty awful stuff. First, there’s the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the shooting that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on FebruaryContinue reading “Is Valentine’s Day for the Birds?”
Merriam-Webster liked one of my tweets … on Dictionary Day no less. I gotta say, this is pretty great.
I didn’t find out about Madeline Kripke until May 2, when my friend Mike emailed me a link to the story about her that ran in the New York Times . Wait … what? You haven’t heard of Madeline Kripke, either? It’s not surprising. It seems she kept a rather low profile. Ms. Kripke grewContinue reading “A Shout Out—and Farewell—to Madeline Kripke, the “Doyenne* of Dictionaries””
Rest in peace Neil Peart
Yawn and yawning. Anything but borning
symbolism of the white horse in game of thrones
The origins of Mother’s Day and everything else about the word “mother.”
It’s this week’s installment of Last Week in words
This Week in Words
What, exactly, is a crisis?