Why Comprise is Complicated

February 27, 2014 | by Anne Curzan

The word comprise is confusing because it has multiple meanings, some of which have changed over time. How does this happen, and who gets to decide when a meaning is acceptable or not? Professor Anne Curzan gives us the whole story, including the role that The Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary plays in what words we use and how we use them.

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Video production by Natalie Condon and Rob Hess.

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