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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

Demystifying the Mommy Jargon and Acronyms Online

October 26th, 2015

It’s not just when you travel across political borders that you start to experience significant variations in language. Just as you’ll find that Canadian English is quite different from American English, you’ll find no shortage of mommy jargon as you make your way around the parenting and baby discussion boards online. And I say mommy […]

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: 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: Grisly, Grizzly and Grizzled

August 10th, 2015

It was a grizzled night for the man with the grisly beard when he stumbled upon an angry grizzly bear in the woods. Nope, that’s not right at all. While we don’t encounter problems with these words nearly as often as we do with there, their and they’re or queue and cue, it’s still important […]

Grammar 101: “My Friday”

July 31st, 2015

“Man, I’ve been working so hard these last few days and I’m absolutely exhausted. It’s a good thing that tomorrow is my Friday. I’m going to celebrate by going out for Wing Wednesdays after work tomorrow.” Do you see the problem with the above statement? This person is referring to tomorrow as “my Friday,” but […]

Grammar 101: A Bad Rap or a Bad Rep

July 13th, 2015

Elaine totally gets a bad rap among her co-workers, but she’s actually a very nice person when you get to know her. Or is that a bad wrap? Maybe it’s a bad rep? What is the correct term to use in this context? Perhaps we should first start with a basic definition. A “bad rap” […]