These Common Words Are the Result of a Hilarious Misunderstanding

I’m calling them “Splittybits.” Arrest me if you want to.

Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door
Published in
5 min readFeb 15, 2024

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I read somewhere that a good way to get more attention for a piece here is to start a beef with someone who’s more established in the same field, so I’d like to open this one by firing off a few potshots at the 19th century Danish linguist Jens Otto Harry…

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Jack Shepherd
Cellar Door

I have a newsletter about crossword puzzles and a podcast about rom-coms. Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail