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Idiomatica: Can’t Hold a Candle

September 29th, 2016

If you’re looking for the absolute best smartphone around, the iPhone 7 barely holds a candle to the Galaxy Note 7. As far as affordable roadsters go, the Mazda Miata simply can’t hold a candle to the original Honda S2000. George’s financial savvy can’t hold a candle to Jerry’s. The English language is filled with […]

Grammar 101: Casual and Causal

September 19th, 2016

The occasional typo can surely be forgiven. Heaven knows that I’ve written “the” as “teh” more times than I care to count, but these types of errors are clearly not made on purpose. They’re just a slip of the finger on the keyboard. It happens to the best of us. But when you see the […]

In Search of the Goldilocks of To-Do Lists

September 15th, 2016

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook asking if anyone had any hacks for “how to adult.” Like me, she works from home as a freelance writer. She’s having a hard time mostly with administration and logistics, figuring out how to best manage her time, her money and her schedule. Yes, adulting is hard […]

Grammar 101: Bear or Bare with Me?

September 9th, 2016

You may have noticed that many of the most common grammatical mistakes involve homophones, or words that sound the same (or similar) but have different meanings. That’s why someone might say that they’re going to make due in the lightening storm when they should really be talking about how to make do in the lightning […]

Grammar 101: Lightning and Lightening

August 30th, 2016

When Muhammad Ali said that he “handcuffed lightning,” he was not referring to dying his hair blonde. He was referring to a fast flash of great electrical power that he was able to harness and tame for his own purposes, speaking symbolically of his boxing prowess. He did not handcuff “lightening.” It’s just one letter, […]

Grammar 101: Electric vs. Electronic

August 23rd, 2016

Why is it that we can ride around on electric bikes, but we play on an electronic drum set? Why can we shave with an electric razor, but we send messages through electronic mail? The difference between the two terms may sound rather inconsequential. It might feel rather arbitrary, but there is a clear distinction […]

Idiomatica: Runs Like Stink

August 19th, 2016

In the first ever edition of Idiomatica last month, we looked at the phrase “pardon my French” and how it came to be. No one ever said the English language made a lot of sense. Idioms like that demonstrate just how far modern usage has strayed from the more literal understanding. Perhaps another good example […]

Idiomatica: Pardon My French

July 29th, 2016

English is filled with all sorts of strange idioms. Some of them make sense. A lot of them don’t. We can’t believe that golden retrievers and orange tabbies are literally falling from the sky when we say it’s raining cats and dogs. Some idioms, on the other hand, may trace their origins to a more […]