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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

Grammar 101: What’s the Difference Between Whether and If?

April 3rd, 2014

Realistically, you’ll find that many people will use “whether” and “if” almost interchangeably in casual speech and, in some circumstances, there really is no difference in meaning whether you use one word or the other. That being said, there is a technical difference between the two that arises given certain sentence structures. As a general [...]

Grammar 101: A Hair’s Breath or a Hair’s Breadth

March 25th, 2014

Some English idioms don’t necessarily make all that sense. What on Earth does it really mean to be raining cats and dogs, after all. At the same time, there are other idioms that are reasonably logical. If you break them down, striking a chord or proving your mettle sound about right. And the same can [...]

Foodie Friday: On Macarons and Macaroons

March 14th, 2014

Food is fun, isn’t it? Yesterday, we discussed the confusion that could surround spring rolls and salad rolls, especially when the same term could be used to describe very different dishes. By the same accord, a similar kind of confusion can arise when you have seemingly similar terms for entirely different food items too, as [...]

Grammar 101: On Spring Rolls, Summer Rolls, Roll Dips and Salad Rolls

March 13th, 2014

In English, we have many words that effectively describe the same thing. What we call a “sedan” in North America, people in the UK would call a “saloon.” While there may be some slightly different connotations, a “backpack” and a “knapsack” are basically the same thing too. When we turn to the world of food, [...]

Grammar 101: Food For Here, To Stay, To Go…

January 30th, 2014

Depending on where you are in the world, certain words and expressions may be more common than others. For instance, here in North America, the fried potatoes that you typically get with a hamburger are called “fries,” but the same potato product would be referred to as “chips” in England. And what we’d call “chips” [...]