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Posts Tagged ‘word choice’

Grammar 101: A Former Vancouver Man

April 19th, 2016

As I was making my way through my news feeds the other day, I came across a headline that struck me as a little curious. It wasn’t the story itself as much as it was the wording of the article’s title. It told the tale of a “former Vancouver man” who was involved in some […]

Grammar 101: It Gets Worst and Worst

April 12th, 2016

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to a news article on the housing market in Vancouver. More specifically, the report discusses how some realtors are only acting out of their own self interest, taking advantage of sellers who simply don’t know any better. They tell their clients that the first offer is […]

Grammar 101: Make Due or Make Do?

April 1st, 2016

Today is April Fools’ Day and you should probably be weary about just about anything you read online. While I have indulged in some pranks and gags in previous, this Grammar 101 post is more about making sure you don’t look the fool when you want to talk about coping or managing with limited resources. […]

Grammar 101: To Jibe and to Jive with You

March 25th, 2016

“I’m sorry, George, but your personality just doesn’t jibe with our company culture.” When we encounter a word in English that is spoken more often than it is written, we can sometimes replace the unfamiliar word with one that is more familiar. We might talk about hitting the mother load when we should really be […]

Grammar 101: Foolproof or Full-Proof

March 3rd, 2016

We use a great variety of terms in the English language over the course of regular conversation. Many of these terms we may bring them up while speaking with one another in person or on the phone, but we may not use them in our writing nearly as often. As a result, many people may […]

Margarita vs. Margherita: A Tale of Tequila and Tomatoes

February 18th, 2016

Some culinary terms can be quite the point of confusion for a lot of people. I didn’t really understand the difference between ricotta and cottage cheese until I looked it up. Two terms that I see mixed up not infrequently are margarita and margherita. They might sound the sound and could have similar origins (variations […]

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 […]