Dot Wordsworth

What do elbows have to do with fighting coronavirus?

Digging up reliable etymologies takes a lot of elbow grease

By Dot Wordsworth

We’ve been pansexual for a while now

Like ‘television’, ‘pansexuality’ is a bastard form, founded half on a Greek word and half on a Latin one

By Dot Wordsworth

What is a ‘tergiversation’?

The Latin for ‘back’ is ‘tergum’

By Dot Wordsworth

The link between politics and moisturizer

With some surprise I found reset has been in use since the early 17th century

By Dot Wordsworth

The origins of ‘whilst’

It started off by displaying what is called the adverbial genitive

By Dot Wordsworth

Who really invented the word ‘posh’?

People prefer memorable tales, especially those involving acronyms, to the truth

By Dot Wordsworth

How to define a dog

The variousness of dogs has ever been a leitmotif of dictionary discussions

By Dot Wordsworth

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