Category Archives: Language

WOTY (Word of the Year) – 2018 Edition, Part 2

Earlier this month the 2018 Word of the Year (WOTY) season wrapped up with two final announcements: the spree of candidates and winners from the American Dialect Society and the final selection from Australia’s Macquarie dictionary. (If you missed the … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) – 2018 Edition

The holiday season wouldn’t be in full swing here on The Better Editor blog without a post (or two, or three…) on the yearly antics of dictionaries around the world declaring their “Words of the Year.” Regular readers know that … Continue reading

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American Media: Stop Condoning the Corruption of Our Language

If you’re like me, there are a lot of things in the world that disturb you: economic issues, environmental issues, social issues, political issues; the list is long. If you have any interest at all in the ongoing survival of humanity, … Continue reading

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I love you, a bushel and a peck…a kenning and a quart…and a pint and a firlot?

A bushel? A peck? A dry quart? What exactly are these, and other common (and less common) units of measure? How do they compare to each other and to other common measures (such as a “wet” quart, or a liter)? … Continue reading

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A Little Practical Hawaiian

A couple of months ago I started putting together what I had expected would be a pair of posts to bookend my (long-planned and nearly cancelled) family vacation to Hawaii. The idea was that I would look at Hawaiian words … Continue reading

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