The adventures and mis-adventures of our crazy language
President Donald Trumps advisor claimed Trump’s press secretary provided reporters with ‘alternative facts’ during a news conference.
Most people have a clear definition in mind when they hear the word ‘grotesque.’ But for typographers, there’s a somewhat different meaning.
When you encounter someone who seems more than a little unstable, would you describe that person as star craving or stark raving mad?
When typing too quickly, it’s easy to mistype massage or message and the results can be funny — if not a bit embarrassing.
As 2016 comes to a close, I’m browsing the archives for the best posts, category by category. Here the my best grammar posts of 2016.
From time to time, I’ll write a grammar post about a curious phenomenon called an eggcorn. But who came up with a word like ‘eggcorn’ and why?
A Trump tweet about a missing U.S. drone brought out the grammar police in droves and led to humorous plays on a misspelling.
A typical gym might have a fiscal or physical policy, but for the rest of us, the choice between the two words should be …
When choosing between reign or rein, you have to decide whether you’re speaking of ruling over something or curbing something.
When you’re talking about someone or something that performs well, would that person or thing pass mustard or pass muster?
A tool in an artist’s arsenal; a reference to one’s taste; a platform used to transport goods; a mat to sleep on: for each, is it palate, palette or pallet?
Is it ‘PEE-can’ or ‘pee-KHAN’? How should the word ‘pecan’ be pronounced? Apparently where you are isn’t the only factor.