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Ideal lengths for brand names and text

September 5, 2017

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The shorter the better when you're using words or inventing a name.

Same words but opposites

August 1, 2017

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Some expressions are the same but in different ways.

What is a normative question?

July 25, 2017

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A normative question in many cases is scarcely a normal question.

Due to vs. owing to

July 18, 2017

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A quick guide to these two phrases because of many people using them back to front.

Hanged on a comma

July 11, 2017

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Ultimately, it's what the government decides what technicality we get hanged for, regardless of our commas.

To do well in English, don’t bother with Latin

June 27, 2017

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Don't kid yourself. Latin isn't English. Not by a long stretch.

Is ‘news’ an acronym?

June 20, 2017

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This shouldn't be news to anyone that the word 'news' could ever be an acronym.

The longest known English word

June 13, 2017

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The longest known English word will surprise you because it's uncharacteristically shorter than many thought.

Lacka-lacka-lack: Lack of vs. lack in

November 22, 2016

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We lay down the score on the difference between 'lack of' and 'lack in.'

Time of the day

November 17, 2016

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Stop being ambiguous and call your time of the day a spade.

Didn’t do, or didn’t didn’t do?

August 6, 2015

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By the laws of the planets and logic, "didn't do nothing" means "did something." Only if you're language course is called "maths."

Origin of the name ‘grammar nazi’

May 10, 2015

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Everything you almost wanted to know about the name 'grammar nazi,' when my grammar is gooder than yours.

Why the stars in ‘bad’ words?

October 21, 2014

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Isn't it a bit hypocritical to use 'stars' to hide some letters in a foul word, when we all know what the word is anyway?

The height of control

May 23, 2014

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Are there any grammatically sound sentences in English where every word starts with the same letter?

Missing the point … again

December 14, 2013

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Learn to be easily blindsided by recourse to hidebound rules. Some lack of rules are meant for profit-taking, my friends.

The intellectual equivalent of a burst blood vessel

November 17, 2013

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Intellect has the reputation of being a good thing. Yet a high intellect doesn't seem to be a positive asset for some people, judging from what we could discern from one little Facebook escapade.

Pad, but think of your audience too

August 28, 2013

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Padding is necessary sometimes, but bear in mind WHY your readers are reading your stuff. (Some adult language in post.)

Nothing but a quimming linguanophile

July 3, 2013

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The newest entry in our Glossary is 'linguist,' we'll have you believe...

Cured ham curated here

June 23, 2013

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We aren't alone in noticing the job-title inflation about the word 'curator' today.

‘Ninja’ really is invisible ninja

June 12, 2013

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Probably the world’s only online explanation on the correct Chinese translation for the Japanese word "ninja."