Dastard and Dastardly

  My first encounter with the word dastard came in eighth grade when I read Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott in English class. For younger readers who may have missed out on a basic literary education because of the demands of standardized testing, I’d better give a little background. This wonderful narrative poem from Scott’s longer work, […]

2011 List of Banished Words

Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has announced an annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. This post features the 2011 list and contains a link to all the lists before and since.