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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

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 […]

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 […]

Grammar 101: Enroute, En Route or On Route

December 4th, 2015

As you’ve likely noticed by now, English is hardly the most logical language on the planet. We are taught all sorts of rules in school about how to spell certain words or how we should construct our sentences, only to learn of countless exceptions to said rules. Part of this is because English is effectively […]

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 […]