Ammon Shea wonders what makes an expert?
Ammon Shea wonders about our fear of reference books.
Ammon Shea looks at post-election words.
Ammon Shea reflects on his trip to Oxford.
Ammon Shea looks at the connotations of the word “politician”.
Ammon Shea looks at the frequent use of the word “clarify”.
Ammon Shea takes a look at the word “uppity”.
Can you use “Hansardize” in a sentence?
Ammon Shea reflects on Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson’s unusual editing actions.
Ammon Shea recalls a word from his childhood.
Ammon wonders about the word Gossypiboma.
Last Sunday, in the NY Times, I read a book reviewer taking an author to task for her word use. The reviewer stated that “the last time I checked the American Heritage Dictionary, in spite of how computer trade journalists might choose to use the word, “architect” was not recognized as a verb”.
Ammon reflects on note-taking.
Ammon Shea looks at Merriam’s madman.
Ammon Shea ponders the word “bailout”.
Ammon Shea wonders what makes a dictionary “hardcore”.