Them’s the Breaks

Including an extract from Boris Johnson’s recent resignation speech, a reader suggested that a post on the expression “them’s the […]

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Disavowed and Disabused

One day, not long ago, I read a story in the Guardian about a man who mistook an alligator for […]

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Biased and Prejudiced Against

In a recent post about confusion between the words precedent and precedence, a reader commented on a similar confusion between […]

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No More Grammatical Dummies

Common terms used in teaching the expletive use of it and there are “dummy it, ” “dummy there,” and “dummy […]

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Esteem and Ratchet

Esteem An old-movie buff, I recently watched White Heat (1949) for the second time and wanted to know more about […]

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Writing Fiction for US Adults

Writers of children’s fiction are constantly aware of the need to write with their readers’ reading level in mind. Writers […]

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Body Parts as Metaphor

Many of the nouns used to name body parts have corresponding verbs that describe the literal functions performed by the […]

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