Quick Vocabulary Lesson

rogersgeorge on November 20th, 2017

I feel lazy today. Besides,  I don’t think I can add much to this Mallard Fillmore comic unless to add a list of more words that lots of folks get wrong. But you know all those, right?

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Sometimes a Plural is a Singular

rogersgeorge on November 18th, 2017

Usually a plural is a plural. Simple enough. For example there’s this: Our sanctioned cloud services contain sensitive and confidential information, from customer information to partner information… Services is a plural, right? So you use a plural verb, in this case “contain.” But what if that plural is part of the name of something? Take […]

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Circumlocution

rogersgeorge on November 16th, 2017

I recently read an article about a book of words that English should have but doesn’t. (I tried to find it, and discovered there must be a million articles on the subject, so I suggest you do a search on “words not in English” or a similar phrase and go surfing. You’ll even find quite […]

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Sometimes “Their” is a Plural

rogersgeorge on November 14th, 2017

For years grammarians and writers have unsuccessfully tried to figure out a good singular alternative to “him or her” (and its variants), because using three words is awkward. We have examples going clear back to Edmund Spencer of using the technically plural “their” or “they” as that singular. We even call it the singular they. […]

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Lots of People Get this Wrong

rogersgeorge on November 12th, 2017

“Who,” among other things, is an interrogatory pronoun. We use it when we ask a simple question about someone. Who ate the last cookie? To use “who” correctly this way, you need two things: The “who” must be first. “Who” must be the subject of the sentence. The problem is that being the first word […]

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