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Word Fact: With Regard To or With Regards To?

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Word Fact: What's the Difference Between a Homograph, Homonym, and Homophone?

These words are often tossed around by teachers and linguists. What do they really mean? The prefix <i>homo-</i> comes from the Greek word <i>homós</i> which meant …

mythomane - Word of the Day

• a person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating.<br>• of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mythomane.<p>"Having …

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Word Fact: What's the Difference Between "Discreet" and "Discrete"?

This is another pair of homophones (words that sound alike but are different in meaning, spelling, or both) that can be very confusing. <i>Discreet</i> …

The Difference Between "A While" and "Awhile"

What are the difference between <i>a while</i> and <i>awhile</i>?<p>Few word pairs capture the idiosyncrasies (“peculiar characteristics”) of the English language like <i>a</i> …

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“If you knew me in the past, please do not think that I am the same person that you are meeting today. I have experienced more of life, I have …

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What's The Difference Between "i.e." And "e.g."?

What’s the difference between <i>i.e.</i> and <i>e.g.</i>?<p>They may be small, but their power to befuddle writers and speakers of the English language is mighty.<p>The …

Head of the Class: A College Slang Cheat Sheet

To help kick off the new academic year, we asked college students who use to share slang they’ve heard around campus. We received more …

Hidden Histories of 3 Popular Nursery Rhymes

Though written for children, nursery rhymes often conceal references to historical events. Here are the hidden stories behind three popular nursery …

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