Idioms About Units of Measure

A number of idiomatic expressions refer (often hyperbolically, or with lighthearted exaggeration) to units of English measure to describe something […]

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Revive a Verb for Conciseness

One simple method for making a more compact, efficient sentence is to clear the way for the primary verb to […]

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A Guide to Hyphens and Dashes

This post details the purposes of various horizontally aligned typographical symbols. Hyphen Hyphens perform various functions, including the following: They […]

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French and Latin Diplomatic Terms

For hundreds of years, France was a world power militarily, economically, and culturally, and thus its language became the political, […]

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A Guide to In-Line Lists

This post describes how to organize in-line lists, those that occur within a sentence, as compared to vertical lists, those […]

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Compounds Based on “Port”

This post lists and defines compound words in which the second element is the word port, derived from the Latin […]

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The Many Ways of “Via”

Via, the Latin word for “way,” is also the basis of many words, many of them disguised, that refer to […]

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