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Grammar

The adventures and mis-adventures of our crazy language

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There are certain animal sounds that we all immediately recognize by name, like a dog’s ‘bark’ or a cat’s ‘meow.’ Here are some lesser-known sound names.

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In much of the United States south, the phrase ‘fair to middlin’ is commonplace, but it’s one of those phrases you hear much more often than you see in print.

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In March, a dictionary updated added more than 300 words, everything from ‘hangry’ to ‘smackdown’ to ‘struggle bus.’

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When you’re writing about a recurring event, does biennial mean that it would happen every two years or twice every year? Let’s clear up …

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When you’re writing about someone who prefers to avoid voyages on the sea, are you talking about a Land Lover or Landlubber?

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The Associated Press announced recently it will allow the use of the singular ‘they’ pronoun in certain cases.

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When you’re choosing between the words Grisly or Grizzly, the first question to ask is whether a bear happens to be involved.

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A missing Oxford Comma is playing a major role in a class-action lawsuit and could wind up costing a company in Maine $10 million.

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You learn that someone you know has committed some sort of crime and is trying to dodge authorities: would you say they on the lam or lamb?

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Some people who use the title ‘Mr. President’ in referring to the Chief Executive get accused of being disrespectful.

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The Oscars had people looking up a few words Sunday night before the big mixup at the end of the Academy Awards ceremony.

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There are words in our language that have multiple meanings, leading to a great deal of frustration at times. ‘Dander’ is a perfect example.

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