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Word Meaning

A Plea For Linguistic Tolerance

Ammon Shea | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Ammon Shea

The English language is not sick.

The Surprising Word That Doesn't Translate Into Other Languages

Michael Wood | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Michael Wood

The words and phrases that resist translation are often the difficult ones, visibly sedimented with history and shifting meanings. But one of the many...

These 9 Words Don't Mean What You Think They Mean

Posted 04.10.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead [Crown Business, $17.95], in which author Charles Murray discusses words wi...

Where'd The Word 'Crap' Come From?

Posted 10.02.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "The Etymologicon" [Berkley Trade, $16.00] by Mark Forsyth: There’s a myth that the word crap was coined for th...

What's in a Word?

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

In many ways, words are metaphors pointing to the objects they represent.