Flawed Rules Are Better Than None

A favorite pastime with self-proclaimed online wits is to ridicule English spelling. A particular target is the so-called “I before E rule.” A case in point is this meme a friend recently brought to my attention: The meme offers thirteen words that supposedly...

Jeopardy Writers Get It Wrong Again

Even though the Oxford English Dictionary is listed as one of their references, the Jeopardy writers occasionally write a clue without checking it. On December 19, 2017, one of the categories was “More than one meaning.” The clue was: “A coffin, or the gloomy feeling...