Over the last few years, lovers of language have casually observed an increase in speakers beginning sentences with the word so. What are some new ways in which so is being used in colloquial speech, and what cues do these utterances send to listeners? Speaker 1: Dr.
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The words in the following list represent misunderstanding of the words’ meanings and not simply an inability to spell them correctly. This post covers words starting with the letters e and f (the a-b list is here, and the c-d one here). 1.
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The lovely word cryptid came to my attention in reference to the ivory-billed woodpecker. One of these birds, long believed to be extinct, was sighted in eastern Arkansas in 2004. As no subsequent sightings have been reported, the survival of the species is still disputed.
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Posts on the topic of pronunciation usually provoke a lot of attention, often drawing heated defenses of one pronunciation over another and suggesting that only one can ever be “correct.” In fact, “correct” pronunciation differs from century to century and from region to region. 1.
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With all due respect, if you’re going to give advice, not only on content but on grammar, surely you need to double and triple-check that what you write is correct. I do indeed double- and triple-check all my posts for accuracy before hitting the Send button.
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Wondering if this were a common attitude, I did a little exploring. Apparently writers, if not publishers, have harbored strong feelings about this punctuation mark for some time: With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling.
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When did “unctuous” start having a positive connotation? Watch any cooking show lately and it’s likely you’ll hear someone describe a dish as “unctuous,” as if that’s a good thing. Many celebrity chefs seem to now use the word to suggest a dish is rich, smooth, or maybe even creamy.
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