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Jan Freeman

Jan Freeman, a former editor, wrote The Boston Globe’s language column, “The Word,” for 14 years. She blogs about language here.

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Can Boston Claim Canoodling?

By Jan Freeman

Move over “gerrymander.” Step aside “scofflaw.” Our resident wordsmith investigates the claim that “canoodling” originated on the banks of the Charles River.

Language

The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving

By Jan Freeman

In her long career as an editor and language columnist, Jan Freeman says one question remains as baffling as ever: Why do people love their language peeves so dearly?

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