Grammar

Why It's Not Wrong to End a Sentence With a Preposition

Is it grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition? Quite simply, <i>no</i>. A preposition is <i>not</i> a bad word to end a sentence with. Even in …

Language

Ya Hey, Here Are 50 Words That Define American Regional English

From twistification to storm caves to slashburgers, the U.S. has quite the history of local language quirks.<p>Bizmaroon, doodinkus and splo.<p>For over 50 years, a group of intrepid lexicographers have been documenting words like these ― regional terms and phrases that were once popular in states like …

Books

10 Iconic Food Brands That Are Often Mispronounced

As daunting as it may seem, remember, we’re all in this together, regardless of whether it’s “Ree-sees” or “Ree-sus.”<p>Big name food brands are typically iconic, globally-recognized companies. So casually dropping the names of, or listing off, these snack-centric giants shouldn’t be confusing, right? …

Food

Learn German With These Tips For German For Beginners

Most German verbs follow a predictable pattern in the present tense. Once you learn the pattern for one German verb, you know how most German verbs …

Malaysia

He lapsed into the passive voice

Mark Landler recently published an article in the <i>New York Times</i> under the headline "Where Predecessors Set Moral Standard, Trump Steps Back." Unlike …

The 30 Hardest-to-Pronounce Words in the English Language

Language

How to pronounce 35 of most commonly mispronounced fashion labels

With Primark having finally set the pronunciation record straight - it's 'pry-mark', not 'pree-mark' - words with confusing phonological values are causing conflict all over the UK.<p>Is it 'S-con' or 'Sc-oh-n', 'Ga-rij' or 'Ga-raaj'? 'Ee-thur' or 'Eye-thur', 'Sked-jool' or 'Shed-jool'?<p>And if regular …

Fashion

Mapped: The most misspelled words in the UK

"Favourite", "conscience" and "diarrhea" are among the hardest words for British people to spell, according to new data released by Google Trends.<p>City-level data on searches following "how to spell" on Google reveals some interesting words from particular cities, enabling us to understand what word …

Cities

What's the Plural of 'Maitre d''?

English has been described as a linguistic pickpocket: a language which follows other languages closely and rifles through their handbags for loose …

Vocabulary

How To Figure Out Word Order in German

German Verb Review 3<p>In this third part of our three-part "Verb Review" we discuss the German <b>Perfekt</b> (present perfect).<p>Here are some sample German …

Malaysia

10 Wrong Words That Are Actually Right

General Knowledge<p>August 14, 2017<p>Some of these words might make you beet red. But are the people who use them always misinformed, or is there more to …

Language

Can You Beat This Infuriatingly Difficult Harry Potter A-Z Quiz?

If you don't pass, you'll be sent to A-Zkaban.

Harry Potter

Don’t let those ‘sticky words’ confuse your thesis examiner

<i> This blog post is one of a series I am writing that are developing ideas for the new book I am writing with Shaun Lehmann and Katherine Firth of the</i> …

Writing

Tik Tik Tik teaser: Watch Jayam Ravi play a magician and astronaut in 'India's first space film'

Jayam Ravi's upcoming Tamil film, <i>Tik Tik Tik</i>, has been in buzz ever since the film was declared. Touted to be India's first space film, director …

India

Making Grammar Great Again

Just after the US election in November 2016, copy editor Meredith Forrester tweeted back to one of President Trump’s tweets with corrections to his …

Forrester

Ways to Make Money from Home Proofreading

By Holly Reisem Hanna Are you a stickler for grammar? Do you pick out typos when you read publications? If you’re great at editing and catching …

Employment

Wednesday Words: OK, you asked for it — a Lie / Lay Quiz!

Wednesday Words: OK, you asked for it — a Lie / Lay Quiz!<p>This past Monday I published an American Grammar Checkup post on three difficult punctuation …

Rogue Charles Dickens apostrophe costs council

<b>A Northern Ireland council has made an apostrophe gaffe costing the taxpayer more than £1,000.</b><p>Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council's grammatical error appeared on an advert for a performance of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.<p>The free event was held on 21 July at Solitude Park in …

Charles Dickens

The 13 most common résumé mistakes

Having an error-free résumé is pretty crucial.<p>Typos, however minor, could signal to potential employers that you're sloppy or you don't care enough to proofread your work, and they can really hurt your chances during the six seconds hiring managers typically take to make their initial "fit/no fit" …

Résumés

Embarrassing Charles Dickens apostrophe blunder costs taxpayers

An embarrassing Charles Dickens apostrophe blunder has cost Northern Ireland taxpayers more than £1,000.<p>The grammatical error appeared on giant billboard posters and leaflets advertising a performance of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, the BBC reports.<p>It cost Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon …

Charles Dickens

How Many Types of Verbs Are There in English?

<i>A book by the linguist Beth Levin classifies three thousand English verbs into about eighty-five classes based on the constructions they appear in;</i> …

Language

The 12 most cringe-worthy business phrases

<i>This article first ran on Ragan in 2012.</i> <br>Listening to most business people makes me cringe. They purposely sprinkle their language with fancy …

Public Relations

Northern Ireland grammar school pupils sanctioned after A-level exam 'leak'

Pupils at two Belfast grammar schools have received sanctions after a probe into an alleged leak of details of A-level exam.

Education

8 Latin Phrases That Mean Something Different in English : Alter Ego

<b>Latin meaning:</b> "what now?"<p><b>English meaning:</b> a person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip : busybody<p><b>Example:</b><p>What's more is that the …

Vocabulary

Words for Mistakes

Photo: kasinv<p><b>Definition:</b><p><b>:</b> slip of the pen<p>Counted as error was any departure from conventional orthography, whether an apparent misspelling, lapsus …

Language

27 words that can trip up even expert spellers

Writers and editors with long and varied experience, it’s safe to say that we are all exceptionally strong spellers.<p>We can recite English spelling …

Public Relations

If You Want to Be Ignored, Use These 6 Words Liberally, Seriously

Language is a rich palette of colors and hues, but overusing these sorts of words will dull your canvas.<p>Language fascinates me. The ability to share our deepest thoughts and develop an emotional bond through words is simply magic. Words define us, drive and motivate us, and are among the most …

Language

The true importance of good spelling

Modern business is often conducted via quick-fire typing on tiny screens. But your bad spelling is likely making you look less credible and intelligent than you are.<p>Gone are the days of secretarial typing pools and hardback desk dictionaries. Now, we conduct much of our daily business by quick-fire …

Language

23 Words That Every Book Lover Should Integrate Into Their Daily Vocabulary

Would your friends and family describe you as a bibliobibuli or just an everyday bibliophagist? Do you consider yourself a librocubicultarist whose …

Lifestyle (Canada)

You’re Probably Pronouncing “The” Wrong at Least 50 Percent of the Time

“The.” It’s the single most common word in the English language, according to Oxford Dictionaries, and one of just 50 words Dr. Seuss included in his …

Language