Each of the following quotations contains a grammatical error: This process is one of several that is required to maintain nuclear SREBP1-c at very low levels… –Yeshiva University website
A reader stumbled on the word OKing in the following: Owners of eight rooftop clubs abutting Wrigley Field sued to overturn city approval of the $375 million plan to rebuild the aging ballpark, saying the city broke its own rules in OKing the plan and effectively deprived them of their property rights without due process.
This odd use of the verb venerate occurs on a funeral home website: Prior to the age of photography, death masks were used to venerate the death.
A reader asks: What is the meaning and usage of landscape in [phrases] like ‘emerging media landscape’ or ‘emerging distribution landscape’?
Some idioms are confused in the speaking; others just in the spelling. The following idioms are usually pronounced correctly, but they are often misspelled in writing.
Several opinions about what is permissible in writing have acquired an almost religious authority with some English speakers. One of these opinions is that beginning a sentence with the coordinating conjunctions and and but is an unpardonable breach of usage.
Readers frequently ask whether to place commas, periods, question marks, and exclamation points inside or outside closing quotation marks.
Conjunctions are words that link words, phrases, and clauses and provide a smooth transition between ideas. Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Some adverbs can also join or show connections between ideas. When they do this, they are called conjunctive adverbs.
A reader has asked for a post on the incorrect use of advanced in the sense of advance. Both words are used with an assortment of meanings. This post will focus on only two.
The suffix -esque is frequently used by pop-culture writers who enjoy making adjectives from celebrity names: Paris Hilton dons Madonna-esque fingerless gloves as she takes to the decks in Washington.
The word innuendo derives from a Latin verb meaning “to nod to, to signify.” As a legal term in the Middle Ages, innuendo was used to introduce the explanation of a word that was previously uncertain.
Sometimes the best way to deal with conundrums of jointly owned possessions is to retreat and rewrite, especially when one of the owners is represented by a pronoun.