Articles written by: Howard Richler

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?

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The Word Nerd: Exploring the ever-changing and evolving meanings of words

Senior Times reader Shirley Skeans Newell asks, “Can you give me your interpretation of the word “triangulation”? Yes, there is the old geometric definition but in psychiatric circles nowadays, it has interpretations. It can signify gossip as in two people talking about a third person or it is a situation […]

Hamlet (Christopher Moore) and Laertes (Lucas Chartier-Dessert) cross swords in Persephone Productions' Hamlet.
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Word Nerd: William Shakespeare is a man for all ages

It is fitting that the phrase “We all make his praise” is an anagram of William Shakespeare.

So the Treasure was Divided: pirates dividing their loot. The oil painting, which the illustration was of, was sold in 1905, and is currently part of the Delaware Art Museum's collection.
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Word Nerd: Politics plunders words from military, religion, even pirates

The language of politics has borrowed from other disciplines.

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Howard Richler on being nerdy with words in The Senior Times

Writing for The Senior Times for the last ten years has given me an opportunity to explore some of my favourite language themes.

Word Nerd: The word of the year is an emoji, and it’s crying tears of joy
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Word Nerd: The word of the year is an emoji, and it’s crying tears of joy

What qualifies as a word lexicographically has always been problematic.