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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Betters and Bettors

Is there a connection between better, which is sometimes employed as a noun, among other parts of speech, and the […]

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Spelling Variations

This post discusses several factors responsible for variations in spelling, with examples. For much of the history of the English […]

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Pleonasms

This post pertains to varieties of pleonasms, instances of verbal redundancy, which are usually a sign of careless or lazy […]

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