Welcome to the website woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores. Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words. If you are heels over head (as well as head over heels) in love with words, tarry here a while to graze or, perhaps, feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and your nose can run and your feet can smell.

 

Celebrating the Power of Books to Enrich Our Lives

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2018

The Readers Weigh in About Sexism in Our Language

Posted on Sep 15th, 2018

Grandkids Never Fail to say the Darnedest Things

Posted on Sep 8th, 2018

A Labor Day Display of Words That Mean Business

Posted on Sep 1st, 2018

What’s in a Name? A Cornucopia of Power and Joy

Posted on Aug 25th, 2018

Here’s How You Can Tell if You are a True Book Lover

Posted on Aug 18th, 2018

To Honor a PGA Centennial, Take This Golf Course

Posted on Aug 11th, 2018

Is the English Language Prejudiced Against Women?

Posted on Aug 4th, 2018

Local Granny and Granddaughter Dispute Grammar

Posted on Jul 28th, 2018

Our High-tech World Alters Our Words and Phrases

Posted on Jul 21st, 2018

How Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Posted on Jul 14th, 2018

Are You Guilty of Phubbing the People Around You?

Posted on Jul 7th, 2018

A July 4th Declaration of Linguistic Independence

Posted on Jun 30th, 2018

Here’s the Take-Away on the Verbs ‘Bring’ and ‘Take’

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2018

Thank You for Your Wise and Witty Birthday Wishes

Posted on Jun 16th, 2018

Why June is the Perfect Month for Perfect Marriages

Posted on Jun 9th, 2018

This Dictionary Illuminates the Meaning of Everything

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2018

Joyful Thoughts About Embracing My 80th Birthday

Posted on May 26th, 2018

Immortal Mortals Live on Because of Their Names

Posted on May 19th, 2018

Lionized Rex the Lion Roars on at Our San Diego Zoo

Posted on May 12th, 2018

Thank You for Your Valued Support of My Column

Posted on May 5th, 2018

May This Column Go Over Better Than a Lead Balloon

Posted on Apr 28th, 2018

U-T Readers Work as Super-Duper Blooper Snoopers

Posted on Apr 21st, 2018

Did William Shakespeare Really Write Shakespeare?

Posted on Apr 14th, 2018

The True Meaning of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’

Posted on Apr 7th, 2018

Celebrate Psalm Pun Day with the Easter Bunny

Posted on Mar 31st, 2018

Answers to Your One and Only Grammar Questions

Posted on Mar 24th, 2018

For U-T Readers a Pun is the Highest Form of Wit

Posted on Mar 17th, 2018

A Saint Patrick’s Day Gallery of Famous Irish People

Posted on Mar 10th, 2018

The Readers’ Epitaphs Focus on the ‘Fun’ in ‘Funeral’

Posted on Feb 24th, 2018

Heads Without Tails in Our Combobulated Language

Posted on Feb 17th, 2018

Humorous Epitaphs Manage to Get in the Last Word

Posted on Feb 10th, 2018

Eloquent Epitaphs Speak to Us From Beyond the Grave

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2018

Here’s the Absolute Last Word on Famous Last Words

Posted on Jan 27th, 2018

Should We Really Feel Bad About ‘Feeling Badly’?

Posted on Jan 20th, 2018

In So Many Words and Phrases the Eyes Have It

Posted on Jan 13th, 2018

Winston Churchill’s Finest Phrases Still Ring Out

Posted on Jan 6th, 2018

Legendary Dick Enberg was a Man of His Words

Posted on Dec 30th, 2017

A Visit from St. Nicholas to Dog Lovers Everywhere

Posted on Dec 23rd, 2017

Can You Figure Out What My Aunt Matilda Likes?

Posted on Dec 16th, 2017

There are So Many Ways to Say, ‘You’re Fired!’

Posted on Dec 9th, 2017

Lunatic English is a Language for the Verbally Insane

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2017

Caring Readers Pose Questions About English Grammar

Posted on Nov 25th, 2017

Every Day You Say a Mouthful of Food for Thought

Posted on Nov 18th, 2017

We Inherit Many a Good Word from the Good Book

Posted on Nov 11th, 2017

The Inspiring Story of One Man’s Leap into Literacy

Posted on Nov 4th, 2017

Goblin Up a Full Corpse Feast of Halloween Puns

Posted on Oct 28th, 2017

Brand Names Leave Their Trade-Marks On Language

Posted on Oct 21st, 2017

Sonnet Honors a Great San Diego Oceanographer

Posted on Oct 14th, 2017

Must Our English Language Remain Under a Spell?

Posted on Oct 7th, 2017

High Achievers are Distinguished, Not Extinguished

Posted on Sep 30th, 2017

San Diego Raises the Bard for Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2017

The Plane Truth About Our High-Flying Language

Posted on Sep 16th, 2017

U-T Book Fest Illuminated Our City’s Bibliophilia

Posted on Sep 9th, 2017

A Labor Day Celebration of Punderful Name Badges

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2017

Getting Oriented to Preventive Ways to be Correct

Posted on Aug 26th, 2017

A Constellation of Words Go Dancing With the Stars

Posted on Aug 19th, 2017

Lots of Literacy and Learning at the Festival of Books

Posted on Aug 12th, 2017

Fabulous Fables Live On In Our Everyday Expressions

Posted on Aug 5th, 2017

Any Way You Look at it, English is a Crazy Language

Posted on Jul 29th, 2017

Emily Dickinson Climbed the Hilltop of the Heart

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2017

Be Careful Not to Dangle Your Participles in Public

Posted on Jul 15th, 2017

An All-star Line-up of Colorful Baseball Nicknames

Posted on Jul 8th, 2017

A Yankee Doodle Dandy of a Word for the 4th of July

Posted on Jul 1st, 2017

Dynamic Trios Populate Our Lives and Our Language

Posted on Jun 24th, 2017

You Have to Hand it to Our Handy Dandy Language

Posted on Jun 17th, 2017

Solving the Mystifying Case of English Pronouns

Posted on Jun 10th, 2017

Men and Women Exhibit Different Speeds of Speech

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2017

Unlocking the Power of JFK’s Stylish Inaugural Address

Posted on May 27th, 2017

No More Straw Houses for the Greatest Show on Earth

Posted on May 20th, 2017

Celebrating a Crossword Puzzle 75th Anniversary

Posted on May 13th, 2017

Fifth-year Confessions of an Unrepentant Verbivore

Posted on May 6th, 2017

Highly Irregular Verbs Can Teach Us A Lot About Meaning

Posted on Apr 29th, 2017

Confusable Words Build a Sky-high Tower of Babble

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2017

Here’s a Pop Quiz to Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Posted on Apr 15th, 2017

Libraries are as Important to Our Health as Hospitals

Posted on Apr 8th, 2017

Ask Yourself If There Is A Poem Hiding In Your Soul

Posted on Apr 1st, 2017

Comma Sense Dictates That You Use The Serial Comma

Posted on Mar 25th, 2017

It Really is a Crime the Way That Some People Spell

Posted on Mar 18th, 2017

ZOONOOZ is the Perfect Title for Our Zoo Magazine

Posted on Mar 11th, 2017

The Tooth, the Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth

Posted on Mar 4th, 2017

In a Galaxy of Stars, the Name Game Begets the Fame

Posted on Feb 25th, 2017

Diagramming Sentences May Be Making A Comeback

Posted on Feb 18th, 2017

Heartfelt Words for a Heart-to-Heart Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 11th, 2017

Here’s The Complete Dope on Incomplete Expressions

Posted on Feb 4th, 2017

I Hope That Humankind Won’t Boycott This Column

Posted on Jan 28th, 2017

U-T Readers Lay it on the Line About Proper Grammar

Posted on Jan 21st, 2017

Inauguration Speeches are Omens of Things to Come

Posted on Jan 14th, 2017

Janus-faced Words Look in Two Opposite Directions

Posted on Jan 7th, 2017

As 2017 Dawns, It’s About Time to Talk About Time

Posted on Dec 31st, 2016

Oh, What Fun it is to Play with Christmas Songs

Posted on Dec 24th, 2016

Word Choices Make a Great Difference in What You Say

Posted on Dec 17th, 2016

English is Strong as a Bull and Proud as a Peacock

Posted on Dec 10th, 2016

Meet Lady Mondegreen, José and Richard Stans

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2016

Our Fowl English Language is Strictly for the Birds

Posted on Nov 19th, 2016

Honoring Veterans Day, Let’s Play a War Game

Posted on Nov 12th, 2016

Now is the Perfect Time to Laugh at Political Tickles

Posted on Nov 5th, 2016

On Halloween, the Slogan is ‘Puns Spooken Here!’

Posted on Oct 29th, 2016

Is It True That ‘i’ Comes Before ‘e,’ Except After ‘c’?

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2016

Here’s a Glowing Report About Political Candidates

Posted on Oct 15th, 2016

San Diego Raises the Bard for Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Posted on Oct 8th, 2016

Let’s Take a Centennial Tour of Our Beastly Language

Posted on Oct 1st, 2016

Remember that there is no ‘noun’ in ‘pronunciation’

Posted on Sep 24th, 2016

Let’s Visit the Language Zoo to Celebrate a Centennial

Posted on Sep 17th, 2016

Have You Heard About These Punderful Teachers?

Posted on Sep 10th, 2016

Please Read My Labor Day Lament: Nothing Works For Me

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2016

Hospitable English is the ‘Great Lagoon of Nations’

Posted on Aug 27th, 2016

When The Name And The Game Turn Out To Be Same

Posted on Aug 20th, 2016

Animal Exhibits Commorate Our Zoo Centennial

Posted on Aug 13th, 2016

The Olympics Spotlight Our Sporty English Language

Posted on Aug 6th, 2016

Celebrate Our Zoo With A Noah’s Ark Of Group Nouns

Posted on Jul 30th, 2016

U-T Sports Headlines Often Feature Intriguing Phrases

Posted on Jul 23rd, 2016

It’s Best Not To Rain On San Diego’s Pride Parade

Posted on Jul 16th, 2016

Don’t Let Beastly Verbs Like ‘Buffalo’ Buffalo You

Posted on Jul 9th, 2016

A July 4th Celebration of our All-American Dialects

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2016

In Everyday Phrases, Alliteration Strikes the Nation

Posted on Jun 25th, 2016

What’s In A President’s Name? More Than You Think

Posted on Jun 18th, 2016

An Exhibit Of Beastly Misnomers In Our Language

Posted on Jun 11th, 2016

Teachers Report On Their Famous Students’ Progress

Posted on Jun 4th, 2016

Fighting Words Make Their Way From War To Peace

Posted on May 28th, 2016

Punctuation Can Turn Into A Series Of Mad Dashes

Posted on May 21st, 2016

The Top 10 Jokes About Animals In Bars – Bar None

Posted on May 14th, 2016

For Mother’s Day, Take The Mother Of All Quizzes

Posted on May 7th, 2016

Despite his death 400 years ago, Shakespeare lives

Posted on Apr 30th, 2016

Is Shakespeare Dead, Or Is He Still A Living Will

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2016

English is Cultivated By Down-To-Earth Metaphors

Posted on Apr 16th, 2016

American Politics is Populated By Beastly Metaphors

Posted on Apr 9th, 2016

How Politicians Sling Muddle and Get Away With It

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2016

Eastertide Thoughts About the Name of Jesus Christ

Posted on Mar 26th, 2016

Our Language is a Veritable Noah’s Ark of Animals

Posted on Mar 19th, 2016

Our Bountiful Tongue Runneth Over With Synonyms

Posted on Mar 12th, 2016

The Lively Letter ‘Z’ May Come Last, But It’s Not Least

Posted on Mar 5th, 2016

Weasel Words Suck Out Truth and Tell It Like It Isn’t

Posted on Feb 27th, 2016

Answers to Your One and Only Grammar Questions

Posted on Feb 20th, 2016

Let’s Play Around With ‘Love’ On Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 13th, 2016

When We Speak and Write, The Dog’s Got Our Tongue

Posted on Feb 6th, 2016

The Wonderful, Blunderful World of Words in the News

Posted on Jan 30th, 2016

Unprecedented Procession of Presidential Anagrams

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2016

Sex and The Singular Pronoun Capture the Headlines

Posted on Jan 16th, 2016

We Can All Learn From The Animals How To Succeed

Posted on Jan 9th, 2016

A Little Word Play To Help Kick Off The New Year

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2016

Apostrophe Catastrophes Hit Home For Yours Truly

Posted on Dec 26th, 2015

Teachers Report On Their Famous Students’ Progress

Posted on Dec 19th, 2015

Solving The Strange Case Of Our English Pronouns

Posted on Dec 12th, 2015

We Speak Many A Good Word From The Good Book

Posted on Nov 28th, 2015

Celebrating 150 Years Of A Wonderland Of Words

Posted on Nov 21st, 2015

A Good Time To Reflect On The Art And Craft Of Writing

Posted on Nov 14th, 2015

English Lays Its Cards on the Table of Our Tongues

Posted on Nov 7th, 2015

A Hair-Raising, Hideous, Horrifying Halloween …

Posted on Oct 30th, 2015

U-T Readers Inquire About All Aspects of Language

Posted on Oct 24th, 2015

Tossing Around Baseball Terms With Dick Enberg

Posted on Oct 17th, 2015

Let’s Sail Into Some Pun Fun for Columbus Day

Posted on Oct 10th, 2015

San Diego Raises the Bard for Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Posted on Oct 3rd, 2015

Yogi Berra Left His Mark On Our English Language

Posted on Sep 28th, 2015

The Case For The Strength And Grace Of Short Words

Posted on Sep 19th, 2015

Readers Submit Their Punny Signs Of The Times

Posted on Sep 12th, 2015

Our Last Names Reveal A Lot About Our Days Of Labor

Posted on Sep 5th, 2015

Dizzy Pace of Progress Creates Retro-active Words

Posted on Aug 29th, 2015

Please Tee-Hee-Mail Me Your Punny Signs Of The Times

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2015

Mnemonic Possession: Remembrance Of Things Fast

Posted on Aug 15th, 2015

Verbal Skills Of American Workers Must Improve

Posted on Aug 8th, 2015

How One Word Misinterpreted Can Change The World

Posted on Aug 1st, 2015

Sharpest Comebacks Are Mightier Than The Sword

Posted on Jul 25th, 2015

Here’s Why You Should Choose Your Words Carefully

Posted on Jul 18th, 2015

Clerihews In Merry Hues From Verse-a-Tile Readers

Posted on Jul 11th, 2015

American History According To Student Bloopers

Posted on Jul 4th, 2015

It’s Fun To Horse Around With Our English Language

Posted on Jun 27th, 2015

Introducing The Outrageous, Contagious Clerihew

Posted on Jun 20th, 2015

Showbiz Words, Phrases Step Onto Center Stage

Posted on Jun 13th, 2015

On Explorers, a Celebrity, All Things Menly and Manly

Posted on Jun 6th, 2015

I Amn’t One Of Those People Who Condemn ‘Ain’t’

Posted on May 30th, 2015

Premedicated Malapropisms Jest For The Health Of It

Posted on May 23rd, 2015

The Ghost Of Mrs. Malaprop Haunts Our Vocabulary

Posted on May 16th, 2015

On Mother’s Day, Monster Moms Share Their Wisdom

Posted on May 9th, 2015

A Timely Tribute to Teachers Who Change Our Lives

Posted on May 2nd, 2015

Words And People Are Inextricably Bound Together

Posted on Apr 25th, 2015

Could William Shakespeare Be Hiding In The Bible?

Posted on Apr 18th, 2015

Celebrating Dr. Johnson’s Path-breaking Dictionary

Posted on Apr 11th, 2015

So What Do You Think Of This Language Column?

Posted on Apr 4th, 2015

Many Of Our Words And Phrases Are Rooted In Religion

Posted on Mar 28th, 2015

Readers Seek To Write Right With The Right Words

Posted on Mar 21st, 2015

There’s A Reason Some Are Cowed By Vaccinations

Posted on Mar 14th, 2015

Diary Of Anne Frank Speaks To Us Across The Years

Posted on Mar 7th, 2015

‘Your Puns Tickled My Funny Bone,’ I Said Humorously

Posted on Feb 28th, 2015

Debut Of ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ Inspires A Title Search

Posted on Feb 21st, 2015

A Valentine’s Day Quiz Abouit Classic Literary Lovers

Posted on Feb 14th, 2015

‘Let’s Play A Punderful Word Game!’ Said Tom Swiftly

Posted on Feb 7th, 2015

Does Dexterous English Language Libel The Left-Handed?

Posted on Jan 31st, 2015

In Our Purr-Fect Language, The Cat’s Got Our Tongue

Posted on Jan 24th, 2015

Antonio Gates, U-T Staff Win Good Grammys

Posted on Jan 17th, 2015

U-T Readers Nostalgically Recall The Way We Word

Posted on Jan 10th, 2015

Old Words And Phrases Remind Us Of The Way We Word

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2015

On New Year’s Eve, We Hear Poetry In The Burns Dialect

Posted on Dec 27th, 2014

Enjoy This Seasonal Pun-Thology Of Christmas Songs

Posted on Dec 20th, 2014

Can You Correctly Spell These Familiar Phrases?

Posted on Dec 13th, 2014

Is It Acceptable To Occasionally Split An Infinitive?

Posted on Dec 6th, 2014

Where Have All The Phrases Gone? Long Time Passing

Posted on Nov 29th, 2014

Every Day You Say a Mouthful of Food For Thought

Posted on Nov 22nd, 2014

Dear Teacher: Please Excuse These Schoolish Excuse Notes

Posted on Nov 15th, 2014

Our Melodious English Language is Music to Our Ears

Posted on Nov 8th, 2014

Even The Most Colorful Words Have Rhyme And Reason

Posted on Nov 1st, 2014

Everybody Gets A Charge Out Of Frankenstein Puns

Posted on Oct 25th, 2014

Cutting Away The Verbal Fat Adds Muscle To Your Writing

Posted on Oct 18th, 2014

State’s Languages Reflect Our Multicultural Population

Posted on Oct 11th, 2014

A Trick-Or-Treat Bag Of Horrible Halloween Limericks

Posted on Oct 4th, 2014

The Toy Story Of Teddy Roosevelt And The Bear Facts

Posted on Sep 27th, 2014

Now Is The Time To Stamp Out Apostrophe Catastrophes

Posted on Sep 20th, 2014

Star-Spangled Bicentennial

Posted on Sep 14th, 2014

You Don’t Have To Be A Nerd To Love Dr. Seuss’ Books

Posted on Sep 13th, 2014

A Flash Mob Of U-T Readers Goes Out On A Limerick

Posted on Sep 6th, 2014

Language Goes The Whole 9 Yards With Workaday Words

Posted on Aug 30th, 2014

L. Frank Baum: Coronado’s Wonderful Wizard of Ahs

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

Going Out On A Limerick Can Lead To A Lot Of Laughs

Posted on Aug 16th, 2014

Hey, Rubes! Step Right Into A Dazzling Circus Of Words!

Posted on Aug 9th, 2014

We Live In America’s Finest City And Best-Read Metropolis

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2014

Scuttlebutt About Our Nautical English Language

Posted on Jul 26th, 2014

Our Seaworthy English Language Is In Ship Shape

Posted on Jul 19th, 2014

Do You Have A Problem, You Know, With ‘No Problem’?

Posted on Jul 12th, 2014

A Tribute To The Memory Of Our Fallen Furry Friend

Posted on Jul 5th, 2014

A Gallery Of American Names That Became Words

Posted on Jun 28th, 2014

Best Jokes About Our Prankish English Language

Posted on Jun 21st, 2014

William Shakespeare: The Most Titled of All Authors

Posted on Jun 14th, 2014

Horsing Around With Expressions Before Big Race

Posted on Jun 7th, 2014

We Put Places In Our Words — And Words In Our Places

Posted on May 31st, 2014

Only One Way To Live A Long Life, And That Is To Age

Posted on May 24th, 2014

U-T Readers Never Say Die — They Just Pun Away

Posted on May 17th, 2014

On Mother’s Day, Monster Moms Share Wisdom

Posted on May 10th, 2014

Sharing The Joy of Writing

Posted on May 3rd, 2014

At the Prado, All the World’s a Shakespearean Stage

Posted on Apr 26th, 2014

Let’s Celebrate a Major Shakespearean Anniversary

Posted on Apr 19th, 2014

Does ‘Like’ Sound Good, Like a Conjunction Should?

Posted on Apr 12th, 2014

Never Say Die When You Can Perpetrate a Serial Pun

Posted on Apr 5th, 2014

Sharpen Your Verbal Wits on Some April Foolishness

Posted on Mar 29th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Our Most Famous American Word

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2014

When Irish Words are Smiling, We All Feel Blessed

Posted on Mar 15th, 2014

The Lantern of Diogenes Illuminates Proper Usage

Posted on Mar 8th, 2014

Recalling America’s Most Notable, Quotable Poems

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

Correct Word Choice Lights the Way to Clear Writing

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2014

The Punctuation Police Arrest Apostrophe Catastrophe

Posted on Feb 15th, 2014

How Many Ways Can You Say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’?

Posted on Feb 8th, 2014

How Two Black Writers Gained Liberation Through Literacy

Posted on Feb 1st, 2014

Saturday Morning Posts From The World Of Words

Posted on Jan 25th, 2014

Readers Decry The Use of Terminal Prepositions

Posted on Jan 18th, 2014

We Americans Need to Improve Our Basic Verbal Skills

Posted on Jan 11th, 2014

You Can Use a Preposition to End a Sentence With

Posted on Jan 4th, 2014

Film Sparks Memories of the Great Charles Dickens

Posted on Dec 28th, 2013

Now’s the Time to Play a Punderful Christmas Game

Posted on Dec 21st, 2013

Let’s Celebrate 100 Years of Crossword Puzzles

Posted on Dec 14th, 2013

Serving Up Tennis Terms to Honor a San Diego Legend

Posted on Dec 8th, 2013

Readers Share Their Feelings About People in Books

Posted on Nov 30th, 2013