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2019-09-09 18:17
Laura from Kewadin was curious about the word often. Specifically, she wanted to know why most people don’t pronounce the letter –t–, making the word sound like 'off-en.Thi… Read More
Port & Starboard
2019-08-19 18:32
--> A listener asked how 'port' and 'starboard' came into nautical use instead of just saying left and right.At one point in naval history, the steering apparatus was on the right si… Read More
Infectious And Contagious
2019-07-01 17:23
Terry from Suttons Bay wrote “I have seen measles described as infectious in one magazine article and contagious in another. Are the words identical?”There are slight but real d… Read More
2019-05-10 17:14
Ginger from Acme, Michigan asked if the word align is related to the word line. Indeed it is. Align came from a Middle French term that meant to arrange two or more items in or along a line… Read More
Something Fishy Going On
2019-04-27 15:22
There are two prominent word parts to help us construct words about fishing. One comes to us from the Greek, and the other from Latin.Let’s start with the Greek term, icthus. Icthyolo… Read More
2019-03-27 15:57
Steve from Maple City asked about a word that appeared in the Traverse City Record-Eagle on March 24. Here is the quote containing the word.   “Raw water pulled into the Tra… Read More
2019-02-25 21:44
Mike from Cadillac, Michigan, asked about the origin of the word donnybrook. Donnybrook refers to a brawl or free-for-all. By extension, it can mean a public confrontation or dispute withou… Read More
Expiration Date
2019-01-28 15:13
Sandra asked about the label expiration date, found on many products. It is, as we all know, the date beyond which the manufacturer will not guarantee safety or quality. If you really want… Read More
2019-01-13 20:49
Bob from Traverse City asked about the pinking in pinking shears. Pinking shears are scissors with a serrated cutting edge. A zigzag edge on fabric is less likely to fray than a straight cu… Read More
2018-12-22 15:34
Tom from Maple City, Michigan, wrote with a question about a word in a recent editionof the Traverse City Record-Eagle. A headline on page 1 read, “A River’s Relic.” Tom c… Read More

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