Articles written by: Howard Richler

Word Nerd: In the art of punning, ‘Shakespeare was great shakes, without peer’
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Word Nerd: In the art of punning, ‘Shakespeare was great shakes, without peer’

Not everyone appreciated the bard’s puns.

Word Nerd: Ode to the pun — ‘the lowest form of humour …’
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Word Nerd: Ode to the pun — ‘the lowest form of humour …’

If you are a reticent punster, be aware that you represent the not-so-silent majority.

The Word Nerd: Acronyms — new in English but ancient in Hebrew
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The Word Nerd: Acronyms — new in English but ancient in Hebrew

Want to save time and space? Try acronyms and initialisms.

Word Nerd: What’s an ‘at’ symbol? Hard to pronounce, mostly
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Word Nerd: What’s an ‘at’ symbol? Hard to pronounce, mostly

I asked him for his email address to which he replied, “It’s umuellerklammeraffegmail.com.”

Word Nerd: The co-opting of the word “elite”
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Word Nerd: The co-opting of the word “elite”

Surely billionaire Donald Trump, who was born into a rich family, is also an elite?

Word Nerd: What’s in a Word of the Year?
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Word Nerd: What’s in a Word of the Year?

We are constantly bombarded by new English words and meanings to words, so why not honour these innovations?

Book review: A penetrating look at Sports Talk and how it’s enriched our lexicon
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Book review: A penetrating look at Sports Talk and how it’s enriched our lexicon

I was surprised to find many new terms from the world of sports that in the last two decades have further
penetrated and enriched our lexicon.

The Word Nerd: Let’s call the caliphate wannabes Daesh – because names matter
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The Word Nerd: Let’s call the caliphate wannabes Daesh – because names matter

BBC News always adds the qualifier “so-called” when describing the Islamic State. As I find this usage clumsy, I decided to investigate why the BBC employs it.

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The Word Nerd: The Keys to QWERTY unlocked

Quiz: What common 10-letter word is composed solely of letters found on the top letter line of a typewriter?

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Word Nerd: Heavens, who were Betsy, Bob, and Fanny Adams?

Have you ever come across an expression that you haven’t seen or heard in decades?