On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne created and published the first crossword puzzle. Running in the “Fun” section of the New York World and including the given word FUN, the puzzle was called a “word-cross” and it started the crossword craze that we still enjoy today.
I’ve never thought of myself as a Halloween enthusiast. A quick look at the posts I’ve written for Copyediting over the last couple of years, however, reveals the truth. I’m a sucker for fantasy, phantasmagoria, and even a good old-fashioned frightening now and then. The proof:
With 60 million readers worldwide, National Geographic celebrates its 125th year this month. The first issue, published in October 1888, was a modest brown pamphlet that did not yet sport the iconic yellow-bordered cover or include any photographs.
Whether fear of the number 13 (triskaidekaphobia) or the more specific fear of Friday the 13th (paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia) has you quaking in your boots or not, today seems a good day to break down some phobias. To quote the wisdom of Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” In this quiz, we dare to name the 13 scariest phobias any copyeditor could ever face! [Muahahaha!]
Established by an interestingly open-ended bequest from a British scientist who seemingly had no connection to the United States, the Smithsonian institute celebrates its 167th birthday this Saturday, August 10.
Recently on the TED blog, contributor Kate Torgovnick featured a delightful, in-progress series of two-minute etymology videos: “Mysteries of the Vernacular.” Of the 26 videos that will eventually be in the series (one for each letter of the alphabet), the first half are already available—and ready to b
In the Midwest, the dandelions have already gone to seed, their fluff floating across the areas where a week earlier the flowers stood tall and bright and yellow, like lions with perfectly arranged manes. Dandy lions. Are there traces of lion or dandy in the dandelion’s name? Yes and no.