Maggie Fergusson picks 11 essential terms
It used to mean a skilled worker, more craftsman than artist. Now it is applied to bread, and even lettuce
It used to mean a skilled worker, more craftsman than artist. Now it is applied to bread, and even lettuce. Tracing the rise of a vogue word
“Curating” used to mean caring for part of a museum collection. Now it means all sorts of things
We’ve had nouns being turned into verbs, and now there’s a rash of adjectives being used as nouns
Once it meant dandy, but now “dude” means a guy – or even a wife
Once a mark of the cultured, language-learning is in retreat among English speakers. It’s never too late, but where to start?
The King James Bible is more than 400 years old, but the music of its sentences still rings out. What exactly made it so good?
Friending, trending, even evidencing and statementing...plenty of nouns are turning into verbs. What’s going on?
While China’s rise is real, Chinese is in no way rising at the same rate