TWTS: Need something? Manifest it
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
2d ago
At this point, we can manifest our dream future, a good grade on a exam, or even a parking spot ..read more
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TWTS: "Curry favor" comes from a horse (of course, of course)
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
1w ago
Currying favor has everything to do with flattery and horses, and nothing to do with food ..read more
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TWTS: Known liars better hope their pants never literally catch fire
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
2w ago
There’s a children’s rhyme that involves liars and pants on fire and various types of wires. Now, we can say things are “pants on fire” false ..read more
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TWTS: If or whether you should use "if" or "whether"
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by Anne Curzan, Rebecca Kruth
3w ago
If you worry about if or whether you should use "if" or "whether" in exactly this construction, you're not alone ..read more
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TWTS: Intensifiers are so intense
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by Anne Curzan, Rebecca Kruth
1M ago
It's been really dreary and so icy outside lately. It's awfully tempting to wear super cozy clothes and use lots of intensifiers ..read more
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TWTS: The American Dialect Society's 2023 Word of the Year
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by Anne Curzan, Rebecca Kruth
1M ago
The year 2023 is officially in the record books. As part of taking stock, the members of the American Dialect Society met to consider what we've all been up to linguistically ..read more
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TWTS: A rule about which we should be asking questions
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
1M ago
Many of us were taught the rule that we shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, and honestly this is a rule we should be asking questions about ..read more
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TWTS: Tupperware containers are plastic, but are plastic containers Tupperware?
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
1M ago
It's undeniable that "Tupperware" has become a generic catch-all for plastic containers, regardless of shape, size, or brand. Not everyone likes this ..read more
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TWTS: How many things can you batten?
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
1M ago
When you stop to think about a verb like "batten," you may be struck by just how few objects it can take ..read more
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TWTS: Chances and 'stances are both happening
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by Rebecca Kruth, Anne Curzan
1M ago
Sometimes something you think is a slip or a mistake, perhaps a product of happenstance, is not that ..read more
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