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Unfortunately, new comments on posts on this site have been suspended because of my illness.

Previously approved comments will remain visible.

I deeply appreciate the erudition and energy of our commenters. Your contributions to this site have been invaluable. But I can no longer devote the time necessary to separate good comments from the hundreds of spam comments submitted.

Because Wordpress weirdly doesn't allow me to simply turn off comments en masse, comment boxes will still appear at the foot of posts.



shameless pleading

Please help support The Word Detective!

Note: The Word Detective has suspended publication both on the web and via email due to the reasons explained in this post.

For more than 20 years (!), The Word Detective has been a free online resource for writers, etymology buffs, language fans and literally millions of curious visitors. Now we’re facing a very serious crisis and we need your help to keep TWD online (and to keep the lights on and food in the fridge). Please contribute to The Word Detective if you can. Even just $5 per month makes a real difference.

This was originally the Word Detective email subscription page. All the PayPal links on this page still work to contribute to the site’s upkeep and my medical bills. You just won’t be receiving TWD by email. I haven’t had time to recode all the PayPal links below to say “Contribute” rather than “Subscribe,” but they are purely for the purpose of donation.


Note: If you’d prefer to log into PayPal on your own and send money,
my PayPal email address is If you encounter any problems on this page, please email me at that address.


Awesome Sustainer Contribution – $5 per month, which works out to about 17 cents per day, i.e., somewhere between a smidgen and a pittance. Automatically deducted from your PayPal account each month. You can cancel this subscription at any time via your PayPal profile page.

Super-Awesome Sustainer Contribution – $10 per month, which is like nothing, honest. You’ll never notice it. Automatically deducted from your PayPal account each month. You can cancel this subscription at any time via your PayPal profile page.


What-the-Heck One-time Contribution (of any amount).

Note: For some reason, the PayPal “Donate any amount” button is that previously appeared here (actually located on PayPal’s servers) is screwed up and non-functional at the moment. This is not unusual, unfortunately, and the PayPal forums are full of people complaining about this.

To send a single donation of your own choosing, just log into the “send money” page at, fill in an amount to send, and send it to I will continue to fiddle with this, but, for now, this is the simplest way to send a specific amount.


You can also contribute by check made out to Evan Morris (not to “The Word Detective”), sent to

Evan Morris, P.O. Box 1, Millersport, Ohio 43046.



Thank you for your patience and support.


Evan Morris

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