Word of the Week: Barbecue

Today's Word of the Week is from my friend Jess, who was curious about barbecue. The word immediately sparked another question for me—how the heck is it spelled, anyway? BBQ, a popular short hand, would point to barbeque, right? Both "cue" (a signal to begin) and "queue" (a line one stands in) exist in modern English and … Continue reading Word of the Week: Barbecue

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Word of the Week: Nation

At the beginning of this week, Merriam-Webster experienced an 8,000% percent spike in searches on the word nationalism. Between the remarks made by Donald Trump on Monday and the build-up towards midterm elections (including a coordinated and verified set of bombing attempts), it felt really important for me to understand the root of this word and … Continue reading Word of the Week: Nation