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Should We Topple This 'Regime'?

Three readers have sent me questions about three different sentences:

--Sandy Duffy of Princeton, New Jersey, is curious about the use of "regime" in this sentence: "He subscribes to a healthy regime of fruits and vegetables." Sandy asks, "...

Summer Reading for Word Lovers

Whether you're heading for hostels, highways or hammocks this summer, curl up with one of these new books about words.

In "Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers" ($18), veteran lexicographer Paul Dickson tells the fascinating backstories of ...