Tag Archives: word origin

Vocabulary: What is a bollard?

A quick post today from the vocabulary files. This one’s about something that most of us see many times every day, but don’t know the word for. In fact, most of us don’t know there’s even a word for it. … Continue reading

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Fight the . . . kyriarchy?

Kyriarchy. Do you know this word yet? Regular readers of this semi-regular blog will know that I usually stick to issues of vocabulary and usage and avoid confronting topics that are political, religious, ideological, or otherwise potentially controversial. But I … Continue reading

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ISIS or ISIL? What’s in a name? A lot if you’re paying attention.

I was pleased last week to hear President Obama refer to the “Islamic State” entity in the Middle East as “ISIL.” Most official Obama Administration spokespersons and the US military use ISIL, but the American press refers to the group … Continue reading

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If your eyes are on the ground, where did you put your boots?

I keep a very long list of potential topics for this blog. It tracks unusual words and phrases, odd or incorrect usages, new coinages and definitions, as well as all sorts of things that I happen to find interesting at … Continue reading

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Is that pond for ornamental carp or is it just shy? Koi pond vs coy pond.

Accidental (and accidentally amusing) usages crop up in the most unexpected places. Recently I read an article in a nature publication, and it referred to a “coy pond.” An acquaintance of mine is a big fan of koi and has … Continue reading

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