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Grammar 101: Rest on Your Laurels

November 27th, 2015

Every language has its share of idioms and English is certainly no exception. Surprisingly, some of these phrases actually make logical sense when you look into their origins. This is true whether you’re holding down the fort or you’ve hit the mother lode. And yes, it’s even true for when you “rest on your laurels.”

Grammar 101: Fun with Canadianisms

October 23rd, 2015

As you may have likely noticed, “English” is hardly a uniform language. While our friends in England may remind us that the Queen’s English is the only “real” English, the fact of the matter is that many different variations and dialects exist across the globe. The girl who speaks fluent American might struggle immensely with […]

Grammar 101: Decent and Descent

October 13th, 2015

In many of the Grammar 101 entries on this blog, we discuss pairs of words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. The homophones copyright and copywrite are a good example of that. And then you’ve got words that almost sound the same but are quite obviously different from one […]

Grammar 101: Forgo, Forego, Foregone

October 2nd, 2015

One letter can make all the difference. It’s a notion that has come up time and time again in this Grammar 101 series. You may have also noticed that the English language is hardly stagnant and it continues to change and evolve with the times. A good example of this is how we have come […]

Grammar 101: Martial, Marshal, Marshall

September 25th, 2015

A recurring theme has popped up again and again with the Grammar 101 series on this blog. Words that sound the same but have entirely different meanings and spellings can be awfully confusing, especially if these words aren’t written down all that often. We’re coming right back to the struggle with homophones once again, this […]

On Social Media Outreach for Freelance Writers

September 17th, 2015

If it were not for the Internet and the opportunities that it avails, I’m not so sure I would have been able to embark on this freelance writing journey in the first place. One area of the online world in particular that has grown alongside my business is social media. When I first started out, […]

Grammar 101: What Is That in Dog Years?

September 11th, 2015

The English language contains a great number of colloquialisms and idioms that don’t necessarily make much logical sense. It can’t literally be raining cats and dogs, but you could care less. Some of these bother me more than others. One concept that has always rubbed me the wrong way is the idea of “dog years” […]

Grammar 101: I Learned to Hide

August 28th, 2015

Even though my infant daughter probably doesn’t understand much (if any) of what I’m saying, I read her a bedtime story (or three) every night. It’s really more about looking at the pictures and listening to the sound of my voice. We’ve gone through a lot of books and she definitely has some favorites. One […]