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Grammar

The adventures and mis-adventures of our crazy language

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English has some unusual names when it comes to animal groups, terms we use to describe a collection of multiples of specific kinds of critters.

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The word ‘penultimate’ is one that looks like it’d mean one thing, but it serves as a reminder that looks can indeed be deceiving.

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There’s still a debate raging over the phrase ‘reason why’ in grammar circles, with some claiming it’s not wrong because it’s an old phrase.

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Last week, Google released a list it referred to as the most-misspelled words in America based on searches, state by state.

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Holidays like Memorial Day, which serves as the traditional start of summer, are popular days for people to barbecue.

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A recent newspaper column took on the debate over nauseated or nauseous by making an example of recent remakes by the director of the FBI.

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If you misplaced the apostrophe in ‘Mother’s Day,’ you have the chance to redeem yourself with Father’s Day next month.

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The debate of sneaked or snuck has divided grammar enthusiasts for some time, particularly those who insist there can only be one correct choice.

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Dealing with ages in writing can cause a lot of confusion, particularly when it comes to when you should and shouldn’t use hyphens.

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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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