Barbara Wallraff

  • Word Court

    Marie Speck, of Buena Park, California, writes, "I am appalled by the free use of the word gentleman. I've been hearing it used more and more, by the…

  • Word Fugitives

    In June we asked for a word to describe "the frantic period of time many families experience each morning prior to leaving home." Replies streamed in…

  • Word Court

    Carola Naumer, of Reno, Nev., writes, "I am being driven crazy by the ubiquitous use of the term artwork. I first encountered this term in the…

  • The Romance of Big Sur

    A visit to a rugged and beautiful California haven that is all the more lovable for its idiosyncrasies

  • Word Fugitives

    On the April Word Fugitives page a soccer coach requested a word analogous to ambidextrous but having to do with feet. John Siddeek, of Grand…

  • Word Fugitives

    Dispute erupted in the Word Fugitives mailbag regarding an appropriate tenor for "a word for people who send e-mail messages and then follow them up…

  • Word Court

    Bonnie Lewellyn, of Hayward, Calif., writes, "In recent months a puzzling word has reared its head once again: surveil. When I first heard it used, a…

  • Word Court

    DAVID WILLIAMS, of London, England, writes, "Growing up in Montreal, where French and English mingle more than they do in many places, I was…

  • Word Fugitives

    The Atlantic's readers seem to have worried about the authors of October's word-fugitive questions. One October question was "What do you call it…

  • A Secret Caribbean

    Marie Galante and Les Saintes are islands that the French have been keeping for themselves

  • Word Court

    S. Smith, of Alameda, California, writes, "When I was a student teacher in a middle school, my master teacher's pet peeve was the popular use (or…

  • Word Fugitives

    The responses to the July/August request for "a word for an object that works only if one employs a trick known to its owner or frequent user" were…

  • Word Court

    Adeline Green, of Glendale, California, writes, "It seems to me that Democrat as an adjective is used consciously by Republicans as a term of…

  • Word Fugitives

    "A problem caused by a blundering or heavy-handed attempt to cure another problem" was one of the word fugitives sought in the June Atlantic. Pat…

  • Word Court

    J. P. McCullough, of Darien Center, New York, writes, "In the sense of 'unclothed,' Webster's 10th Collegiate shows nuder as an adjective: nude,…

  • Assisted Hiking

    Purists regard using a helicopter to reach luscious mountain locales as somehow unfair. Let them.

  • Word Court

    MARY C. WHITE, of Callicoon, New York, writes, "For the past few months I have heard on radio and TV and seen in print this oddity: The proof is…

  • Word Court

    G. PEPPER HOLLAND, of Mississippi State, Mississippi, writes, "The current tendency—in the South, anyway—to tack an e on point, as in…

  • Word Court

    Iaren't I? I am not a native speaker of English, but that expression simply does not sound right to me. I was relatively confident that it was…

  • Word Court

    P as well as to mean "and" or "also" has been with us for a long time, but I have begun to notice it with high frequency in recent years. For some…

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The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

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A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

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In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

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What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

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Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

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