The Word Guy / Knowledge

For Whom the 'Tell' Tolls

While grading a student's paper the other day, I came across this sentence: "The cost of the U.S. Interstate Highway System was $128.9 billion, all tolled."

Gosh, I hope not. If that's true, my drive down I-84 to New York City is going to be bit ...

'Room'inating on Word Origins

Whenever you sit back and relax in your home, you're exemplifying the origins of the word "residence." That's because "residence" literally means "to sit back." It derives from the Latin "resideo," a combination of "re-" (back) and "sedeo" (sit). ...

Jargon Makes the Dean's List

Today, some random dispatches from the Word Front ...

--Dean Speak -- Benjamin Ginsberg's recent book "The Fall of the Faculty" decries the rampant proliferation of university administrators -- a bloated army of vice presidents, provosts, deans ...