Words To Describe Disasters

The past few weeks have seen a surge of fevered rhetoric in the media. Here are a few examples: Senator […]

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Uses of the -ing Participle

A reader has questions about the following type of sentence: “the education chief’s sudden resignation left him scrambling to find a replacement”. […]

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List of Halloween Words

A reader asks, Could you comment on Halloween words such as jack-o’-lantern vs jack o’ lantern and Trick-or-treat vs Trick […]

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Meanings of “Of Course”

A reader asks about the placement of the phrase, “of course”: Please discuss which of the following is correct: “Of […]

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Post-positive Adjectives in English

An often-noted difference between English and the Romance languages is that in English, adjectives precede the noun. English-speakers say “the […]

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Cognition and Cognitive Offshoots

Before my use of Facebook, I imagined that, apart from insignificant personal differences, most people I know agreed on matters […]

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Good vs. Well

The words good and well have been in English since its earliest incarnation. When Beowulf finds the ancient sword in […]

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Hindmost

The useful adjective hindmost may be shifting into the territory of the unfamiliar, where words become vulnerable to a change […]

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