Grammar

9 Best Free Grammar and Punctuation Checker tools

If you write lots of content on a day to day basis, you may be lacking the time needed to put everything together and check your grammar and …

Software

Logo

The word <b>logo</b> was first used in the mid-1930s. We will examine the definition of the word <i>logo,</i> where it came from and some examples of its use in …

Identity

with + nonfinite clause?

A staff member at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, responsible for providing guidance for journalists on pronunciation, terminology, grammar, …

Chortle

<b>Chortle</b> is a word that first appeared in 1871 in a children’s book. We will examine the meaning of the word <i>chortle,</i> who coined it, where it came from …

Literature

Die Antwoord Has A Message for Eminem After His Mispronunciation Slip Up

There are a lot of major problems with <b>Eminem</b>‘s new single, but improper pronunciation of <b>Die Antwoord</b> is up there.<p>In his — I’m sorry, I love Eminem …

Music

Multiple Exclamation Marks: When Punctuation Becomes Overly Excited!!!

<i>Multiple exclamation points</i> (or <i>marks</i>) are two or more exclamation marks (!!!) following a word or sentence.<p>In the book <i>Perfect Punctuation</i> (2009), …

Terry Pratchett

Adulting

Adulting is a fairly new gerund that stems from the use of the word adult as a verb. A gerund is a a verb form ending in ing that acts as a noun. We …

Anamorphic

<b>Anamorphic</b> was originally a geologic term, though now it is mostly used as an artistic term. We will examine the definition of the word <i>anamorphic,</i> …

Cinematography

The 30 most misused phrases in the English language

New research has revealed the 30 most commonly misused phrases in the UK.<p>Known as eggcorns, the bizarre phrases often carry entirely different – and …

Language

A virus that fixes your grammar

In Today's Dilbert strip, Dilbert is confused by why the company mission statement looks so different, and Alice diagnoses what's happened: the …

Palestinian Authority

Grammar schools 'contrary to common good' - Archbishop of Canterbury

<b>The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised grammar schools as "contrary to the notion of the common good".</b><p>Speaking in the House of Lords, the Most Rev Justin Welby called for education to focus on "drawing the best out of every person", rather than a selective approach.<p>He said governments should …

News

Sale Grammar School's Lollipop man awarded BBC Christmas Star award

'THE best lollipop man on the planet' has been awarded with a BBC Christmas Star award.<p>Sale Grammar School's lollipop man, John Astley has been a …

Manchester

Surrogacy

The word <b>surrogacy</b> was first used in the 1980s, though the root word dates back to the 1400s. We will examine the definition of <i>surrogacy,</i> where it …

Trent Franks

Run rings around someone and run circles around someone

The idioms to <b>run rings around someone</b> and to <b>run circles around someone</b> are interchangeable. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a …

Theresa May

Are You Using ‘Dummy’ Words in Your Writing?

In English grammar, a <i>dummy word</i> is a word that has a grammatical function but no specific lexical meaning. Also known as a <i>syntactic expletive</i> or a</i> …

Data Science

How the internet changed the way we write – and what to do about it

The usual evolution of English has been accelerated online, leading to a less formal – but arguably more expressive – language than the one we use IRL. So use those emojis wisely …<p>English has always evolved – that’s what it means to be a living language – and now the internet plays a pivotal role …

Language

10 things every teacher needs to know about grammar

Every teacher needs to know about grammar, and every teacher needs to know how to teach it.<p>To us, that view should not be controversial. However, the …

Teaching

The Tricky Differences Between the Words 'Lead' and 'Led'

The words <i>lead</i> and <i>led</i> are particularly tricky: sometimes they sound alike and sometimes they don't.<p>Definitions<p><i>Led</i> (which rhymes with <i>red</i>) is both the …

Roman Empire

Top banana and second banana

<b>Top banana</b> and <b>second banana</b> are two terms derived from an entertainment venue that no longer exists. We will examine the meanings of the terms <i>top</i> …

Breakfast

Random act of kindness

The term random act of kindness is a rare phrase that we know exactly when it was coined and by whom. We will examine the meaning of the phrase …

Happiness

Why Is the Oxford Comma a Heated Debate in 2017?

If you stare awhile at the string of characters that a sentence comprises, the squiggles lose all meaning. That humans somehow manage to agree on the …

Grammar Checker Tools: Crucial Software or a Crutch for Freelancers?

You’re about to fire off a query letter, submit an article assignment to an editor, or send an LOI to a prospect. Do you use a grammar checker tool …

Writing

Do You Feel Bad or Do You Feel Badly?

If your friend goes through a difficult time, do you feel <i>bad</i> for him, or do you feel <i>badly</i>?<p>Correct answer: You feel bad for him.<p>This is one of those …

i before e, except, like, a lot

(where spelling meets poetry)<p>by Joe Varadi<p>We’ve all heard it — arguably the most famous spelling rule of the English language, captured in an …

Grateful Dead

How to Make Your Last Name Plural

“Happy holidays from the Smith’s!”<p>Can you spot the grammatical error here? We’ve all committed this common punctuation mistake when making last names …

Country Lifestyle

Mixtape

<b>Mixtape</b> is a compound word that originated in the 1970s. Compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together. We will …

Jimi Hendrix

Snitch

<b>Snitch</b> is a word that dates back to the 1700s. We will examine the meaning of the word <i>snitch,</i> some clues as to where it came from and some examples …

Crime

Infographic: Grammar Cheat Sheet Clarifies Common Confusions, Errors

If you’re stumped on the differences between ‘a lot’ versus ‘alot’ versus ‘allot’, or alternative words used to describe five common emotions—happy, …

Cheat

Op-ed

<b>Op-ed</b> is an American term that is an abbreviation of two words, though the words involved may surprise you. We will examine the definition of the …

Paul Manafort

On Our Love-Hate Relationship with Punctuation

Let’s face it: writing isn’t a natural act. Our ancestors may have started speaking between 50,000 and 2 million years ago, but it was only 5,000 …

Lifestyle (Canada)