Andrew Wilton

the word commonplace

Wordwatch: Commonplace

This week’s wordwatch looks at the use of “commonplace” and how it has evolved from denoting something exceptional to mean something trivial.

Mole in the ground

Wordwatch: Taupe

Originating from the French noun taupe meaning “mole”, the word “taupe” describes the brownish-grey colour of a mole’s skin.

Dictionary definition of the word community

Wordwatch: Community

A deep dive into the linguistic history of well-known, but often little understood English words and phrases.

Pence dictionary definition

Wordwatch: Pence

A deep dive into the linguistic history of well-known, but often little understood English words and phrases.

Definition of the word tailgate in the dictionary

Wordwatch: Tailgate

A deep dive into the linguistic history of well-known, but often little understood English words and phrases.