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Grammar 101: Astrology and Astronomy

February 2nd, 2016

Even when two words might share a common origin, we naturally cannot assume that they still have the same meaning. No one is going to confuse a handgun for a handbag, just as you wouldn’t mistake someone’s biology for their biography. And as we gaze up into the night sky and behold the wonders of […]

Grammar 101: Alternative or Ulterior Motive

January 25th, 2016

English can be tricky, both for native speakers and for people who pick it up as a second language. We have all these rules and then we have all these exceptions, not to mention words that sound the same and have entirely different meanings. Perhaps that’s why someone might mistakenly talk about hitting the mother […]

Quean Is a Word with Friends?

January 15th, 2016

When you’re in business for yourself, particularly if the inspiration for that business started out as a hobby, it can become increasingly difficult to find the separation between work and play. That said, keeping these two worlds completely separate might not even be in your best interest. For me, as a freelance writer, much of […]

Grammar 101: A Quantum Leap

January 4th, 2016

How often do we find ourselves using certain words, positively confident that we know what they mean, only to be flabbergasted to learn that they mean something else entirely? I remember when a friend asked me if I had “made an RSVP” for dinner yet, when she really should have asked me if I had […]

My 15 Favorite Blog Posts of 2015

December 31st, 2015

As any content creator of nearly any medium will surely attest, the work that gets the most attention and pays the bills is not necessarily the work that had the most personal meaning or the work that you are most proud of. Blogging is no exception. A couple of days ago, I listed off the […]

The Top 12 Most Popular BTR Posts of 2015

December 29th, 2015

In these final days of 2015, we can’t help but to look back and to reflect on the year that was. We can’t help but to look back at both our accomplishments and where we could have done better. As a writer, I’m personally interested in which blog posts on Beyond the Rhetoric turned out […]

Grammar 101: My Wife’s In-Laws

December 22nd, 2015

Sometimes, errors in spelling and grammar arise because we overthink the matter and end up over-correcting our writing. That’s how someone might say that the cake is being shared by John and I when they really should be saying the cake is being shared by John and me (or me and John). Other times, we […]

Grammar 101: Whiz, Whizz, Wiz Kid?

December 15th, 2015

Words that are spoken far more often than they are written, particularly more colloquial terms in casual speech, can oftentimes be a point of confusion when it comes to the correct spelling. One such example is when you talk about running the gauntlet when you really should be running the gamut. And such is also […]