Barbara Wallraff

  • Word Fugitives

    In March, Word Fugitives sought an American equivalent for the Irish term witches' knickers, which refers to "disposable plastic bags caught in…

  • Word Court

    Scott Summerville, of Bisbee, Arizona, writes, "Have you noticed the horrid proliferation of unnecessary commas used to separate adjectives? Recent…

  • Word Fugitives

    Last December a reader asked, "What's the word for that restless feeling that causes me to repeatedly peer into the refrigerator when I'm bored?"…

  • Word Court

    Lawrence A. Peskin, of Baltimore, writes, "I worked hard in graduate school to obtain what I thought was my graduate degree, but recently I've found…

  • Word Fugitives

    Last October this page sought a word for a person "who, in looking up a word in the dictionary, is compelled to look across the page for another,…

  • Word Court

    JIM PHILPOT, of Cookeville, Tennessee, writes, "In last November's Word Court you wrote, 'None of the major Romance languages—languages directly…

  • Word Fugitives

    Do you have a word fugitive you'd like The Atlantic's help finding? Send an e-mail to Barbara Wallraff at msgrammar@theatlantic.com. Letters become…

  • Word Court

    ELIZABETH E. STEVENS, of Manhattan, Kansas, writes, "In the past week I have noticed the term bona fides in two different sources. In each case the…

  • Word Fugitives

    Do you have a word fugitive you'd like The Atlantic's help finding? Send an e-mail to Barbara Wallraff at msgrammar@theatlantic.com. Letters become…

  • Word Court

    Do you have a language dispute? Send e-mail to Barbara Wallraff at msgrammar@theatlantic.com. Letters become the property of Word Court and may be…

  • Word Fugitives

    Do you have a word fugitive you'd like The Atlantic's help finding? Send e-mail to Barbara Wallraff at msgrammar@theatlantic.com. Letters become the…

  • Word Court

    KENT TANKERSLEY, of Helsinki, Finland, writes, "I work in a European office of a multinational company. After I recently wrote the somewhat clichéd…

  • Word Court

    KARL SUTTERFIELD, of Eastlake, Colorado, writes, "Is anyone else as annoyed as I am by being called a civilian by other civilians who happen to work…

  • Word Court

    WILLIAM PEAK, of Easton, Maryland, writes, "Does the term robin's-egg blue have the same meaning in England as it does in the United States? Old…

  • Word Court

    Edward Dermon, of Roslyn Heights, New York, writes, "Certain holidays upset me because I find myself bombarded by grammatically incorrect…

  • Word Court

    Andrew Yee, of Brookline, Massachusetts, writes, "A friend and I were having a pleasantly heated discussion about the appropriate use of the word…

  • Word Fugitives

    In March we requested a word for a "tendency to make more mistakes ... if a very critical person is watching." Along with aspiring words, a flood of…

  • Word Court

    Patrick Edsall, of Mountain View, California, writes, "I was told that the term crowbar was racist. My co-worker said it was derived from Jim Crow,…

  • Word Court

    Maureen Migrditchian, of Mission Viejo, California, writes, "As a teacher, I keep correcting student writing that uses can not as two separate words…

  • Word Court

    Paul Wolfson, of Washington, D.C., writes, "I have always thought that first-generation American referred to someone who was the first person in a…

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A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza

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A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

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What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

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Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

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What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

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