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  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    "Twerking," "Dubstep," and Other Dumb Music Words Now in the Dictionary

    As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language. Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary. But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob," or "friend zone." The music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Court Upholds Mizzou Sucks License Plate

    This sucks. That sucks. You suck. "Sucks" is one of those ubiquitous colloquialisms we're better off not thinking too literally about; unless, of course, it's a matter of law. The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District decided Tuesday that a University of Kansas fan in St. Charles is legally a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Commatose! Hundreds of Copyeditors Descend on St. Louis

    Copyeditors don't have the splashy bylines of reporters or the lovable kookiness of art directors. They sit at their desks with bowed heads, poring over their well-worn copies of the Chicago Manual of Style, checking to see if "postimpressionism" is one word, two words or hyphenated. They hear "und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Kevin Slaten's Racial Rant Got His Show Canceled. He Had a Point, Though

    So the general manager of the sports radio station KFNS (590 AM) was quoted in the Post-Dispatch this morning explaining that host Kevin Slaten's racial rant on black voters last week "led to" the cancellation of his show. Surprised? This is the same radio host, mind you, who once told an RFT staff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Congratulations, F-Bomb, You Bowdlerized Neuter of Word; You're in the Dictionary

    Pearls are being clutched and monocles are shattering across this great nation of ours today as the country responds to the news that the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added the F-bomb to its print edition.In a fortuitous bit of timing that's sure to elicit a giggle from every pre-teen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    War of Words: Refudiate v. Austere, Which One is Word of the Year?

    image via‚ÄčIt's that time of year again, the season where you can take two steps without stumbling over a year-end list, a this of the year or a that of the year. Merriam-Webster announced today that "austerity" is the dictionary publishing house's word of the year for 2010. This, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    No Movement Afoot in St. Louis to Ban Dictionary, Even Though it Contains Dirty Words

    Look out, kids, it's a dirty book!‚ÄčOne of the easiest ways to educate oneself about unfamiliar terms is to look them up in the dictionary. For many kids, sexual practices fall under the category of "unfamiliar terms". Last week, the Menifee, California, school district banned Merriam-Webster's Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Mayoral Candidate Irene Smith Admits She "Alleviated" Herself in Trash Can

    Note: This post was updated below.Don't expect Irene Smith to unleash the English Language police if elected mayor of St. Louis this coming March. At least not after she dropped -- and repeated -- a glaring malapropism during an interview this morning with McGraw Milhaven on KTRS (550 AM). You might ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007

    Word of the Year: 'Tis Truthiness

    It's official: Truthiness, the term coined by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Respondents to M-W's online poll chose the expression -- a noun Colbert defined as "truth that comes from the gut, not books" and the American Dialect Society (which chose it as W ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2006

    The Qdefense Rests

    Sandwich v. burrito: A nation decides.

  • Dining

    December 28, 2005

    Earth and Fire

    Terrene's on solid ground in the Central West End