The Oxford English Dictionary listed 1,346 new words as of September 2016. Yikes!
First: What is grammar? Grammar encompasses the words we choose and how we punctuate them — how we string them together.
Words give our sentences meaning, and punctuation marks tell us when to pause or stop, when to raise our voice or show emotion, when we’re asking a question versus making a statement.
Here are your pet peeves: ways others speak and write that you find annoying. They’re alphabetized so you can skim and select what interests or resonates with you. I’ve commented here and there and added examples. ContinueLike it? Share it!
I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to using the well-worn superlative “Great!” to describe just about anything I consider enjoyable or first-rate. This Ruthless Editor and “word lady,” as some call me, gets lazy … and boring.
However, it was disconcerting to see a recent blog — apparently fairly popular — that praised a resource published in 1926 and “lightly revised” in 1965. 1965? That was 50 years ago! ContinueLike it? Share it!
A friend has been urging me to write about the difference between prospective and perspective because an announcer she listens to often — on National Public Radio, no less — apparently keeps getting it wrong.
While I’m in the p’s, I’m going to clarify one word — peruse — and add a couple I see from time to time that I don’t consider part of everyday conversations: prescient and preternatural. Hey, it never hurts to be a word or two ahead of the crowd! ContinueLike it? Share it!
The world is witnessing an escalation in the number of people forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution. Populations are on the move around the globe, escaping oppression and violence and searching for a better life.
We hear about immigrants, refugees, fugitives and exiles. What are the implications of these terms? And how do people in these categories differ from migrants and itinerants? ContinueLike it? Share it!
When I walked past the television set one morning to start my exercise routine, I heard something about “summertime hacks.” The show’s host was interviewing a guy who was providing tips for enjoying the outdoors and patio living.
Hacks? The use of hack in this context was new to me, so my radar kicked in. Within days, I found numerous online examples of hack: ContinueLike it? Share it!
I address the general acceptance of impact as either a noun or a verb later in this post, but using impactful as an adjective still often is viewed as incorrect.
However, change is in the air; grammarist.com claims, “The word is here to stay, whether we like it or not.”
What’s the difference between powerful, influential and impactful? The site claims that impactful has become entrenched in our language because “many people don’t find it to be an exact synonym of those words and that it has shades of meaning all its own.” ContinueLike it? Share it!
The ask I have today is …
The ask I was given was to draft a white paper …
Because I have not heard ask used this way, I hopped online to see what I could learn. Ask isn’t a new word, of course, but does it have a new application, a new meaning? A March 2013 (2 years ago!) New York Times article addressed it this way: ContinueLike it? Share it!
I first heard the word in graduate school, assuming it meant a tiny fact. But I was wrong. ContinueLike it? Share it!