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Word Usage

These 12 Everyday Words Used To Have Completely Different Meanings

Posted 02.26.2014 | Fifty

There are slang words like "cray cray" -- meaning someone or something that is really crazy -- that are popular among teenagers but leave older people...

Words You're Probably Misusing

Mary Embree | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Mary Embree

Once, in a psychotherapist's doctoral dissertation I was editing, I saw the word energize confused with enervate, and they have opposite meanings.

Say The Right Thing At The Right Time: 5 Tips

Karen S. Exkorn | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty
Karen S. Exkorn

You know how sometimes you use an expression without thinking about its meaning? I did that recently, and it came back to haunt me. I'd written a fun article, Happy Holiday Sex, that included a sentence about how dealing with sugar-crazed kids or dysfunctional family members 'doesn't necessarily put you in the mood...unless that mood involves killing someone.'

The ONE Word That Makes You Sound Stupid, Guaranteed

Zoë Triska | Posted 07.07.2012 | Books
Zoë Triska

I have something to admit: I am guilty of a horrible crime.

'OK' Takes Over The World: Is It OK To Say 'OK' So Much?

BBC News | Allan Metcalf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It crops up in our speech dozens of times every day, although it apparently means little. So how did the word "OK" conquer the world, asks Allan Metca...