Seep and Steep

The writer of an article in the Washington Post about the funeral arrangements for the late Queen Elizabeth II remarked […]

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Fringes, Fringes Everywhere

Lately I’ve been struck by the frequency with which I encounter the word fringe in the media. I can recall […]

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Career and Careen

A reader asks: Could you clarify whether a car “careens” or “careers” off the road? Are both usable? The original […]

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Punctuating Appositives

A reader requests clarification on the punctuation of appositives: I would like to see a piece on the punctuation of […]

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Honest, Candid, and Frank

I’m always glad to receive topic suggestions from readers. Sometimes I may not quite understand what is wanted, but comments […]

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A Tin Ear for Pronouns

Another of my certainties has been shattered. Like anyone who has tried to explain why we do not say “Jack […]

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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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