Monthly Archives: October 2012

Going, going, gone: the vanishing plural

In recent years, the U.S. print and broadcast media have been lamenting that Americans are losing their grasp of the plural. The same can be said for Canadians. The word fewer, for instance, has all but disappeared from common usage.  … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a word-nerd family

Some families focus their dinnertime conversation on sports, others on celebrities, still others on the housework and homework to be done. In our family, we talk about words: what they mean, where they come from –  and most of all, … Continue reading

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