James Harbeck is a professional word taster and sentence sommelier (an editor trained in linguistics). He is the author of the blog Sesquiotica and the book Songs of Love and Grammar.
11 words whose meanings have completely changed over time
How do you pronounce 'in excelsis'?
How the Thanksgiving turkey was named after the country Turkey
What does normalize even mean?
4 annoying sounds you need to stop making
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Was there ever an actual train that carried gravy?
However: Everything you need to know about a commonly abused word
This is how old languages add new words
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