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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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When you’re talking about someone or something that performs well, would that person or thing pass mustard or pass muster?

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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?

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Is it ‘PEE-can’ or ‘pee-KHAN’? How should the word ‘pecan’ be pronounced? Apparently where you are isn’t the only factor.

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