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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 ...

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Rhyming Slang - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

"Put up your dukes," "86'd," and other examples of rhyming slang. 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 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.

Further vs. Farther - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

They started as same word, but their meanings have drifted apart over time. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

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.

Affect vs Effect - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Emily Brewster, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster, explains the proper usage of the words affect and effect. For more videos, visit ...

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 ...

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.

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

An old-fashioned rule we can no longer put up with. 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.

Is it wrong to use 'decimate' to mean 'destroy'? - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Language changes. See more videos at http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/index.htm.

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.

Penultimate - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor at Large, explains the meaning of penultimate. For more videos, visit ...

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.

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 ...

Reign vs. Rein - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Merriam-Webster Associate Editor Kory Stamper explains the differences between reign and rein. See more videos at ...

The Awkward Case of "His or Her" - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

Despite what the grammar police might say, it's actually fine to use "their" as a singular pronoun. See more videos at ...

‘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.

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 ...

Hot Mess - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

You're probably familiar with the term hot mess. But do you know how old hot mess really is? See more videos at ...

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 ...