Gastropubs have been opening one after another at a steady clip for the last few years, and this year has been no exception. In fact, maybe this is the year we hit critical mass of upscale pubs: The Spanish Fly, The Corner Door, and The Parish all opened this summer, for example, and Atwater Villa ... More >>
Ketchup, with its pleasant balance of sweet and bright, for many people becomes ingrained in memory, often the first exposure we have to umami's savory taste. Which is why, no matter if daintily dipped or slathered on, ketchup exemplifies Merriam-Webster's definition of condiment, "to enhance the f ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
"By the end of the day your palate will be scrambled, your liver probably beginning to fail, and any remaining resources will be so depleted that you can only fall into the generous arms of your DD or Metro Operator." L.A. Cra ... More >>
Every year, Merriam-Webster updates its Collegiate Dictionary -- you know, that big book of words you referenced every once in a great while, in the era before Google -- with words that, for better or worse, have become part of our lexicon. According to the Associated Press, Merriam-Webster adds ab ... More >>
We admit it: We're not hip. We didn't know until very recently that "Like A G6" isn't about a super-advanced Steve Jobs prototype computer that can also fly jet planes. As a Professional Writer, there is one thing we do know: language. Specifically, the English language. We ... More >>
FoxIs it okay to use "retard" to refer to someone who just acted stupidly?
No, says a public service announcement set to air tonight on Fox's Glee. (Not even if you pronounced it like Zach Galifianakis' character in The Hangover -- re-tard, with a short "re" and long "aaard," apparently).
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How does a musty old dictionary business stay relevant in the age of Spell Check, auto-correct and the all-important educated guess?
Zimbio"Austerity" in Greek? Why don't you go search it or somethingIn the case of Merriam-Webster this year, the answer was to track all online free-dictionary ... More >>
As 2008 winds down, we who still write for a living pray for a rain that will wash away the stale or clumsy words and phrases that have been choking political debates, social discourse and simple emails. Fat chance, though -- some of the clunkers below have been sticking in our throats like fish bon ... More >>