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Bring vs. Take - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Both words imply motion, but the difference may be all in your head. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Octopus - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Kory Stamper, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster, talks about the plural version of octopus. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/asktheeditor.htm.

"Mispronunciations" That May Be Fine - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

"Mischievous," "nuclear," and other words to pronounce with caution. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Weird Plurals - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

One goose, two geese. One moose, two... moose. What's up with that? See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Irregardless - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

It is in fact a real word (but that doesn't mean you should use it). See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

The Serial Comma - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Why don't they call it the Merriam-Webster comma? See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Alright vs. All Right - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Although the spelling alright has been in use for over 200 years, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Others maintain that alright and all right have distinct meanings and serve...

Old-School Grammar - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Many of today's grammar rules can be traced to the opinions of one 18th century writer. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

How a Word Gets into the Dictionary - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

What our editors are looking for when they choose words for Merriam-Webster's. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

How Often Is 'Biweekly'? - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Biweekly and bimonthly are variously used to mean "twice a week (or month)" or "once every two weeks (or months)." Because the meanings can be confusing, you're encouraged to avoid them unless...

Okay? - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Bizarre origins of the world's most recognized word. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Hopefully - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Contrary to what your teachers may have said, we believe the popular usage of this word is correct. Hopefully you agree. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Posh - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Dispelling some common misconceptions about the origin of "posh." See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Slang - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Does slang belong in the dictionary? Yup. Here's why. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Classical Roots - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski sheds light on English words with classical roots in Greek and Latin. For more videos, visit http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/asktheeditor.htm.

I Before E - Ask the Editor - Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster's Ask the Editor section on I before E.

The Longest Word in the Dictionary - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

It's not "antidisestablishmentarianism" after all, and here's the short, sweet reason why. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

How to Use the Subjunctive in English - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Associate Editor Kory Stamper explains why the subjunctive mood, used to express wishes, doubts, and other things contrary to fact, can be tricky. We wish it were easier to understand. See...

‘Try and’ vs. ‘Try to’ - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

When you're not sure which is right, try to remember to use “try to.” See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Is None Singular or Plural? - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Or both? Or neither? See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Literally - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Schwa - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

The most common vowel sound in English causes many spelling problems. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

That vs. Which - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

When to use each (and when not to get annoyed about their use). See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

The Ampersand & More - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Where the "and" symbol comes from. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

Cop - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Just how -- and why, where, and when -- did police officers come to be called "cops"? See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

I before E - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Kory Stamper, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster, explains the 'i before e' rule of grammar. For more videos, visit http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/asktheeditor.htm.

Who vs. Whom - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Good news for those who feel stuffy saying "whom." See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.