What does it mean to say a TV show ‘jumped the shark’?
According to The Word Detective ... They used that term among themselves to describe a program’s impending demise, and Hein’s website spread it across cyberspace. The site, which listed the shark-jumping points for various shows according to categories ...
What Do You Call It?
The use of “aught” to mean “nothing,” “zero,” or “cipher” is a nineteenth-century corruption of the word “naught,” which actually does mean nothing ... privy to intelligence memos warning of impending harm from militant-Islamist ...
ON LANGUAGE; The Smartest Word
If that's your first reaction, you are in the center of six centuries of the meaning of the word ... Gee, there goes the fun; no sooner does the combative sense of the word gain dominance than it is being replaced by a more diffuse, sophisticated sense.
Go On And Call Me Fat; It's True
What does that even MEAN ... powerful about seeing the word "fat" in print (metaphorical though that print may be in a virtual environment) when it isn't attached to pictures of headless fatties and headlines about my impending death -- and how much ...
Voldemort, Morlock, Mordor: What Do All These Villains Have in Common?
Aside from all being villainous, what does J.K. Rowling’s Voldemort, H.G. Wells’ Morlocks, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Moria, Mordor and Morgoth have in common? The root “mor.” And these shady characters and locations associated with impending doom ...