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Wayward Words with Meanings That Went Astray

Cheater wearing cheaters? After Reymerswaele/ Wikimedia Commons People sometimes tell you you’re misusing a word and cite the Latin origin as proof. Don’t fall for the etymological fallacy. What a word means depends, not on its origin, but on how … Continue reading

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awesome, awful

This first post is dedicated to Whit Richardson, who asks, “Why do we use awesome (just some awe?) when talking about something that blows our socks off, but we use awful (full of awe?) when talking about something with no redeeming qualities?” … Continue reading

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