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The dawn of the zombie nouns

September 22, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt Is it too early to talk about zombies? Halloween is still about a month away, but Home Depot is selling creepy inflatable lawn creatures. In addition, Starbucks has its pumpkin spice latte […]

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The words of the future are here

September 15, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt After many months of me complaining to Merriam-Webster’s “Contact Us” page, the savvy Merry Webbers have added 370 new words to the dictionary. Whether you love the new words or hate them, […]

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Ten items fewer or less? Explaining fewer fervor

September 1, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt In a classic episode of “Saturday Night Live,” Christopher Walken confidently declares, “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!” Today I’m not sure if I have a fever […]

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Grammar Guy: The back-word world of semordnilaps

August 4, 2022 SST

The back-word world of semordnilaps By Curtis Honeycutt We all know examples of palindromes: taco cat, racecar, kayak, Hannah. A palindrome is a word that, when spelled backward, is the same word. Today, however, I […]

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When a word is itself – or is it?

July 7, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt I like to think of myself as a logical person, but as I dig into the English language, I find that much of our language is nonsense. English is a mutt of […]

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The hall of fame of the aptly named

June 30, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt Have you ever met a married couple who start to resemble each other over a period of time? Or how about someone who looks like their pet? The scene in the animated […]

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Much ado about fossil words

June 23, 2022 SST

By Curtis Honeycutt If you want to feel old, try explaining how we used to watch TV to a 10-year-old. “In days of yore, you couldn’t skip the commercials or pause the show. You just […]