Grammar

Loot vs lute

<b>Loot</b> and <b>lute</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. We will examine the …

French Language

Conflate vs conflagrate

<b>Conflate</b> and <b>conflagrate</b> are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and are often confused. We will examine the meanings of the words</i> …

Language

Oldie but goodie

The phrase <b>oldie but goodie</b> is an American phrase first coined in the mid-1950s. We will examine the meaning of the expression <i>oldie but goodie</i>, where …

Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly, the online grammar-checking website, has just launched a keyboard app for Android that brings the same technology to mobile. Simply called …

Youthquake

<b>Youthquake</b> is the 2017 <i>Oxford Dictionary</i> Word of the year. We will examine the definition of the word <i>youthquake,</i> where it came from and some examples …

Language

The Actual Meaning and Proper Grammar Behind the Old English Lyrics of Classic Christmas Carols

In a holiday-themed episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

Mental Floss

Loop vs loupe

<b>Loop</b> and <b>loupe</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We …

Gravid vs grave

<b>Gravid</b> and <b>grave</b> are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of <i>gravid</i> and <i>grave,</i> where these words came from and some …

Archaeology

This 'impossible' secondary school spelling test is challenging you to get full marks

Out of 40 students who took the quiz, no one scored more than 9/19<p>Have you always praised yourself on your fantastic spelling skills and grasp of the …

Ethereal vs ephemeral

<b>Ethereal</b> and <b>ephemeral</b> are two words that are often confused. In fact, they have two very different meanings. We will examine the definitions of the …

How to Not Suck at Apostrophes

Just understand the two main use-cases and you won’t look like an idiot.<p><i>Note 1: Apostrophes — and indeed grammar itself — may seem like trivial</i> …

Grammarly has finally brought its spelling and grammar checking virtual keyboard to Android

Virtual keyboards on Android are always introducing new features and getting smarter. While the built-in autocorrect is meant to pick up on small spelling mistakes, it doesn’t actually help you form proper sentences. That all changes today as Grammarly, a widely popular grammar and spelling tool on …

LISTEN: What every teacher needs to know about grammar

“The curriculum is quite weird. For example, the learning a certain [grammatical] feature at a certain point, I do not understand that at all,” says …

Teaching

Do You Change 'Tack' or 'Tact'?

Do you change <i>tact</i> or <i>tack</i>? If it’s the former, are you actually just using a shortened form of <i>tactics</i>? If it’s the latter, what’s wrong with your …

Etymology

Whole kit and caboodle

The whole kit and caboodle is an idiom that first appeared in the United States in the middle of the 1800s. An idiom is a word, group of words or …

Language

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

But you probably already knew that.<p>Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have "less agreeable" …

Science

7 Common Editing Mistakes - And How To Fix Them

Editors are busy, time-constrained professionals who read all day long.<p>With only so many hours in the day, your editor wants to focus on helping you …

Writing

There's a linguistic reason why using a period in a text message makes you sound like a jerk

• <b>A psychologist tested how people perceive one-sentence text messages with periods at the end.</b>• <b><br>The reason it can comes across strangely is because of "situational code-switching."</b>• <b><br>Situational code-switching applies to how spoken language is appropriate in some settings, but not others — like at a bar</b> …

Language

Let Us "Lead" You Through Conjugating "Mener" in French

The French verb <i>mener</i> means "to lead." It's a simple word, but there is one little trick to learning its conjugations. A quick lesson will show you …

Squeebles Punctuation Teaches Grammar to Your Kids (and You) - GeekMom

The latest addition to the Squeebles range is <i>Squeebles</i> Punctuation<i>,</i> a fun, engaging and entertaining app designed to teach punctuation and grammar. …

Kids

Bard vs barred

<b>Bard</b> and <b>barred</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them …

Leila de Lima

Moonlight

<b>Moonlight</b> is an interesting compound word that has a literal meaning that is quite different from its figurative meaning. A compound word is one that …

Moonlight

How to Conjugate the French Verb "Pleuvoir" (to Rain)

Meaning "to rain," the French verb <i>pleuvoir</i> is an easy one to study. That's because it's an impersonal verb, which means you don't have a lot of …

Grammar: Over-simplifications by teachers 'hinder' pupils

Classroom explanations of grammatical terms often only serve to confuse pupils, new research reveals.<p>Definitions such as “a verb is a doing word”, <b></b>“an …

Teaching

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Holiday gifts for grammar geeks

<b>In the third and final installment</b> of our series on “language conventions that so many editors and journalists are reticent to release,” we have some …

Columbia University

What is the correct spelling and pronunciation of Hanukkah?

The Jewish religious festival of lights will begin on Tuesday, December 12 this year and will last for eight nights.<p>The festival commemorates the …

Christmas

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Quantum

The word <b>quantum</b> is most often used as a scientific or technological term, though the origin of this word for everyday use goes back to the 1600s. We …

Quantum Mechanics

Find vs fined

<b>Find</b> and <b>fined</b> are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them …

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