Excerpts and articles about words — from the most commonly confused to the most commonly misused, problematic pronunciation, etymological mysteries, interesting histories, and more.
All right/Alright: Is alright, er, all right?
Bruschetta: from the Mispronounced Antipasto department
Capricious: The battle between Team Hedgehog and Team Goat
Champ at the bit: Move over, popular yet incorrect chomp!
Desultory: Its strange gymnastic roots, or what leaping ancient Roman circus performers have to do with modern unenthusiastic adjectives
Nonplussed: In which we are perplexed by the misuse of a literally perplexing word
To Me or Not To Me: I vs. Me, Her & Him vs. She & He, Them vs. They: Making sense of pronouns
Who vs. Whom: When and why to use “whom” instead of “who”