There was the following passage in the New Yorker's (August 27) article titled, “A scandal at the C.I.A. May be.” : In January I (David Shafer, novelist) filed a Freedom of Information Act request ...
As a native German I know some well-known uses of German phrases, but I was astonished that a book from a British reporter I am reading today used "ersatz" without explanation. Is the word "ersatz" ...
Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening?
What are the meaning and origin of the suffix ‑don, as in the words pteranodon and megalodon?
In English, we use a la carte and a la mode, but it is also common for people to add their own word to the basic construction. For example, one might comment on someone's dancing: He showed us ...
I play Scrabble. I'm learning words with the letter 'q'. What is the usage of the word 'qua'?
Merriam-Webster and the OED list only figurative senses of the word echelon (i.e. military formations and organizational ranks). Would it be incorrect to use it in the literal sense of the French word ...