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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” […]

Your Majesty, Your Grace… But My Lord? (Grammar 101)

June 30th, 2015

If you have been watching Game of Thrones for any length of time, you’ve likely heard a variety of different ways that the characters address the kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and so forth. On Game of Thrones, they particularly like to use “your grace,” while the more common vernacular would […]

Emoticons vs. Emoji: What’s the Difference?

June 22nd, 2015

You’ll find that a lot of people, including professional journalists, will use the terms “emoticon” and “emoji” interchangeably to refer to a whole family of symbols that are better known colloquially as smiley faces. If you’ve been texting on your phone or communicating over the Internet for any length of time, then you’re bound to […]

Grammar 101: Authoritative vs. Authoritarian

June 19th, 2015

The words “authoritative” and “authoritarian” sound awfully similar, because they both share a common root word. Yes, they both have something to do with authority, but their definitions are vastly different. Indeed, confusing one term for the other could have a dramatic (and possibly confusing) impact on the meaning that you are trying to convey […]

Grammar 101: Silicon and Silicone

June 12th, 2015

Changing one letter, even if it has a minimal (if any) impact on pronunciation, can have a dramatic impact on the meaning of a word. We’ve explored this with aide and aid, capitol and capital, and canvas and canvass, among others. You really have to be careful about your word choice and spelling, because you […]

Grammar 101: On Pinchers and Pincer Grips

June 4th, 2015

As a new dad, I’ve come across a lot of new baby terminology these last several months. Some of these are associated with various baby products, like layettes made of muslin. Other terms have to do with major milestones, like when the little one finally develops a pincer grip to pick up finger foods. Or […]

Grammar 101: The Curious Case of “Nor”

May 28th, 2015

English can be a very confusing and contradictory language with all of its rules and innumerable exceptions. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to over-correct their grammar, misusing “myself” or “I” when just regular old “me” will do. And the same can be said about how to use “nor” correctly.

Grammar 101: Supine vs. Prone Position

May 12th, 2015

With a great number of posts in the Grammar 101 series, I discuss pairs of words that people may get confused for whatever reason. More often than not, the word pairs are homophones (words that sound the same) and at least one of the words is rarely found in casual writing. Today’s entry is a […]