News by Peter Derk
Oldest written f-bomb found, f-bombs on tickets are free speech, and who is topping Twitter in dropping the ol' F?
Column by Leah Dearborn September 4, 2015
When done correctly, historical dialogue can be used as a tool to add polish and an air of authenticity. Done incorrectly, it can completely eject a reader from the story.
Review by Brian McGackin December 2, 2014
Who the f*** doesn't love cursing?
Column by Christopher Shultz January 22, 2014
What's your process for naming characters? Is it research-heavy and involved, or do you just trust your guts? Here are some resources and thoughts on either approach.
Column by Robbie Blair December 20, 2013
I share some of my favorite word-nerd games, including well-tried classics, lesser-known gems, and some truly strange favorites.
Column by Taylor Houston December 17, 2013
What does it mean 'to wassail'? Why did King Wenceslas go out on Boxing Day? Why does figgy pudding come with a lighter? Find out the origins of these and other odd Christmas Carol lyrics.
Column by Ed Sikov November 28, 2013
In this season of giving thanks, one man expresses gratitude for a few of his favorite words.
Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 11, 2013
A list of everyday words and phrases you might want to avoid, just in case.
News by Christopher Shultz July 31, 2013
Could 'def' predate 1979? The OED wants to find out, and they're enlisting dictionary users to help in the search.
Column by Joshua Chaplinsky November 23, 2012
Does the widespread misuse of certain words get your goat? Well suck it up, because that's one of the ways the English language evolves.