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Grammar

The adventures and mis-adventures of our crazy language

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There’s a list of new dictionary words that are part funny, part sad and part annoying, depending on your point of view.

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Today we’re talking about whether to select continually or continuously, two words that appear to mean the same thing, but actually do not.

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The idiom, ‘lion’s share’ has a commonly-accepted meaning, until you look back at the literature that seemed to inspire it.

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President Donald Trumps advisor claimed Trump’s press secretary provided reporters with ‘alternative facts’ during a news conference.

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Most people have a clear definition in mind when they hear the word ‘grotesque.’ But for typographers, there’s a somewhat different meaning.

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When you encounter someone who seems more than a little unstable, would you describe that person as star craving or stark raving mad?

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When typing too quickly, it’s easy to mistype massage or message and the results can be funny — if not a bit embarrassing.

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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.

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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?

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A Trump tweet about a missing U.S. drone brought out the grammar police in droves and led to humorous plays on a misspelling.

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A typical gym might have a fiscal or physical policy, but for the rest of us, the choice between the two words should be …

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When choosing between reign or rein, you have to decide whether you’re speaking of ruling over something or curbing something.

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