How Does a Word Become a Word?

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 11:00 pm

The English language is about 1,400 years old. One of the earliest-known English dictionaries, The Elementarie (1582), contained 8,000 words. As of January 2020, English now includes more than one million words—a figure that differs from words accepted in dictionaries, which can range from 170,000 to 470,000 depending on the source. Even if we discuss …

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Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 11:00 pm

The three words, assure, ensure, and insure, are often confused. All three words share an element of "making an outcome sure," and you can exchange these words with each other in some instances. However, rather than using these words interchangeably, we'd like to point out the unique aspects of each word so that you can use them to …

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Staying Woke* with New Words

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 11:00 pm

English is a language of flux, always moving and shifting with the changes among us as we evolve. Each year, it introduces around 1,000 new words to represent the events, circumstances, and spirit of the day. Today’s cyber-centric existence makes it only easier for those new words to spread and multiply. We thought it would …

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Leonard’s Ten Commandments

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 11:00 pm

The writer Elmore Leonard, who died in 2013 at the age of 87, was the master of hard-bitten prose. He started out as a pulp novelist, and went on to transcend the genre. Since the mid-1950s, more than forty of his works have been adapted for movies and TV, many of them featuring such A-listers …

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Leaning on the Evolution of Meanings

Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 11:00 pm

Words and their meanings change as people and society do. Just as we replaced travel by horse with motorized transit, so have we altered words to serve what we want and need from the era we live in. In some cases, those words have even become the opposites of what they used to signify. At …

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