We've blogged recently about a few noteworthy people who have achieved the status of human verb -- an unlikely mix of sports stars and federal judges.
Thank you! This illogical expression has frustrated me ever since I was a baby word nerd. From
I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are experiencing a painless reentry. And why not take some writing inspiration from the document whose signing we just celebrated? The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence has been called
Let me put that another way: if a woman is already working as a prostitute, can a pimp who recruits her be convicted of
Apparently there are no wrong answers. This image from Wikipedia illustrates the many ways his name can be spelled in transliteration. I love that the only thing everyone agrees on is that his first name starts with M and ends with r. (from Wikipedia via
And no, I don’t mean what can blogging do for you, emotionally, financially, existentially or otherwise. What I mean is: where does the word blog come from? As promised in yesterday’s Blog you and your momma, too post, here’s the etymology, according to the late, great William Safire: Blog is a shortening of Web log. That’s all, folks. Simple as pie. Safire explained it in a 2002 On Language column; the earliest usage Safire found was in 1999. What’s interesting is what the word’s origin says about how blogging has transformed since then. As Safire explained back in 2002: [A blog] is a Web site belonging to some average but opinionated Joe or Josie who [...]
One of the (many) quirky quirks of English is that nouns tend to gradually morph into verbs, to the horror of many.
Many of you have long suspected it, and now it’s official: I am a non-sequitur. Yesterday’s pls clarify Blawg Review was included in
Writers (that means you, lawyers), behold the many alternatives to the verb