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commonly misused words

Which Word Wednesday: Vigor vs. Vim

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Some words have been so linked that together they form a phrasal expression. (Think of pairs like warp and woof, flotsam and jetsam, kith and kin, etc.) Today’s Which Word Wednesday features one such pair: vim and vigor. Why is it that vim always gets to go first? Why don’t…

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Which Word Wednesday: Reluctant vs. Reticent

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To err is human. Just don’t err around some linguists. They get rather crabby when people use irregardless or heighth or unloosen. The fear of using the wrong word in the presence a crabby linguist can make people rather tongue-tied. I know this, because recently several dear friends have commented…

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Which Word Wednesday: Bring vs. Take

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In real estate, the rule is location, location, location. That rule is also helpful for the word quandary in this week’s Which Word Wednesday discussion between the word bring and take. Location is key, because it helps you decide which word fits for the meaning you intend to convey. Here’s…

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Which Word Wednesday: Orient vs. Orientate

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The variations in American English and British English are curious to me. There are the vocabulary differences (boot vs. trunk, etc.). Then there are distinct pronunciation differences (accent enhanced, I’m sure). We say advertisement with four syllables (ad-ver-TISE-ment); the Brits say it with three (AD-vertis-ment). They pronounce often with a…

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