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Utopia vs Dystopia? Surprise! They mean the same thing.

I’ve noted in the past on this blog how every once in a while a word rises to sudden prominence in popular usage, but is nonetheless used incorrectly by almost everyone. I blame this largely on media pundits, who hear … Continue reading

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Unusual Words: Defining Prelapsarian and Manichaean

As a language person I, of course, love words. Although as with most things that generate intense feeling, I also hate words (remember everyone: the opposite of love is not hate—it’s indifference*). So I relish moments when I come across … 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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Tour de force? Coup de grace? Maybe coup de force or tour de grace?

A weird error crossed my desk the other day and it was interesting enough that I’m devoting this post to it. You’ve probably encountered both of these phrases: coup de grace and tour de force. A coup de grace (the … Continue reading

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What does “anodyne” mean? It’s really not very exciting.

Bland. Dull. Boring. Insipid. Those are some of the synonyms listed in one dictionary for “anodyne.” Are you familiar with that word: anodyne? It’s certainly been getting a lot more use lately. Why is that? The word has been around … Continue reading

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