Nerd Alert! Kangaroo words

Nerd Alert! Kangaroo words

So often school made words and even word games tedious and joyless. I'm on a mission to put some of the fun back into word study. When you make your living by the word, you pay attention to cool little factoids about vocabulary. My latest fun find is "kangaroo words"...
Word study: Retronym

Word study: Retronym

Remember how excited I got when I discovered contronyms?! That ebullience is back, baby! Last night, I learned another cool term: retronym*. (Hat tip to Kory Stamper's excellent Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries.) *“retronym,” Merriam-Webster.com...
Writing tip: Avoid ableist language

Writing tip: Avoid ableist language

When I fractured my ankle, I had to be in a walking boot for a couple of weeks. I was lucky to still be mobile, but I had to stay off uneven terrain while in the boot and four weeks after. I became acutely aware of hard it can be to get around even on solid ground. My...
Word study: contronyms

Word study: contronyms

Grammar's not usually my jam, but I love a good word study. I thought I knew a lot about words, but I'd never heard about contronyms (which are technically grammar). Thanks to the BBC show QI, now I'm obsessed. They're words that are their own opposites. Examples:...