Let's isolate the word quarantine
and learn what separates it from the crowd.
This inescapable (literally) fact that we're all spending a lot of time at home these days got us thinking about words for house and home. Many of those words — such as domestic
, and domain
— share a common root with a long and interesting history.
The backstory of the term novel
, as in novel coronavirus
, is a fascinating etymological tale that actually involves another pandemic — one that happened 700 years ago.
These days we need all the levity, lunar or otherwise, that we can get. This lexical lunacy is a flimsy excuse for me to write about my favorite type of word: the reduplication. From ack-ack
, reduplicative words are silly, childish, catchy, animalistic, nonsensical, and awesome.
We like the idea of giving someone another shot so much that we thought we'd explore the language of getting things right.
As long as there's a literal Constitution to amend and a metaphorical constitution to defend, constitution
will remain an important word. Here's a look at this versatile word, just in time for September 17th — Constitution Day.
is a word with multiple meanings and origins, ranging from heady philosophy to spandex-clad superheroes, but the first examples of multiverse
are a lot older than you would think and not where you would expect.