from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hitchings, George Herbert 1905-1998. American biochemist. He shared a 1988 Nobel Prize for developing drugs to treat leukemia and gout.

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  • proper n. A patronymic surname.

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  • n. United States biochemist noted for developing drugs to treat leukemia and gout (1905-1998)


From a medieval diminutive form of Hitch + the patronymic suffix -s. (Wiktionary)


  • It is a huge mistake cutting education funds, especially early childhood education, which, now we know, is more important than ever, said Hitchings.

    Rising Hispanic Population Transforming Texas

  • Being raised by Mexican-American parents who emphasized the value of education helped bank executive Michelle Hitchings find success.

    Rising Hispanic Population Transforming Texas

  • Hitchings says she knows that many young Latinos could be inspired by her example and she spends time working with the Girl Scouts and other community groups to encourage children to aspire to great things.

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  • Mr. Hitchings finds that some of the most stringent 18th- and 19th-century grammarians were far more thoughtful about language than their modern descriptivist critics have supposed.

    Grappling Grammarians

  • Mr. Hitchings writes with exceptional efficiency and clarity, and he appears to realize that the conventions of English—we used to call them rules—are precisely what allow the versatility, subtlety and grace of the best writing.

    Grappling Grammarians

  • Indeed, Mr. Hitchings is of two minds about proper English.

    Grappling Grammarians

  • Mr. Hitchings treats this and other questions the way some people treat abortion: personally he's opposed to it, but he won't call it wrong.

    Grappling Grammarians

  • Henry Hitchings, in "The Language Wars," seems to appreciate the fact that propriety is part of human life, even if it's given no room in the lifeless principles of linguistics.

    Grappling Grammarians

  • Or does he realize, along with the book's author, Henry Hitchings, that the rules are "what allow the versatility, subtlety and grace of the best writing"?

    It's Hard to Tell Shall and Will Apart

  • Half an hour later, I was watching the Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings take part in a spelling bee in a musical at the Donmar.

    Michael Billington on reviewers who join in the play


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