Readers often send me collections of funny headlines, but I don't use them in my column because I can't verify their authenticity. But when a reader recently sent me photographs of actual headlines as they appeared in newspapers, I decided to ...
Every once in a while, I ask my readers to unleash their pet peeves -- a snarling collection of gripes, groans and grimaces at the abuse of English.
Perhaps you'll recognize one of your own peevish pets.
Oren Spiegler of Upper St. Clair, Pa., ...
If you attend an academic symposium, you'll notice a glass or bottle of water in front of each panelist. These hydrated highbrows provide a clue to the origin of the word "symposium."
Ancient Greek philosophers lubricated their intellectual ...
As the new year dawns, it's time for me to fess up to the mistakes I made in my column last year.
Can you spot the errors I committed in 2013?:
1. The past tense of "wreak" is "wrought."
2. Tantalus stooped to quaff his thirst.
3. the Southern...
Throughout the past, annoying year,
These pesky buzzwords chewed our ear.
The pols and pundits always rapped,
About the "growing income gap."
The health care website brought travail;
And was, no doubt, an "epic fail."
Here's a convoluted question: Do you pronounce "labyrinthine" (meaning
"maze-like, intricate") as "lab-uh-RINTH-in" or "lab-uh-RINTH-ine"?
In this case, go with "thin," especially if you're actually trying to squeeze through a labyrinth. And, by...