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Which Word Wednesday: Font vs. Typeface

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My work as a writer and editor means that I regularly interact with talented graphic designers. It’s so nice to be able to phone-a-designer-friend for advice on important matters, such as which font to use and which fonts play nice together. If it weren’t for my designer friends, I wouldn’t…

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Which Word Wednesday: Sweet Potato vs. Yam

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I’ve eaten more sweet potatoes in October than I’ve eaten in all of 2012. That’s because a friend and I are working through the spiritual fasting exercises in Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. The first exercise focused on food; I committed to three weeks of a…

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Which Word Wednesday: Moot vs. Mute

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Today’s Which Word Wednesday word quandary is an evenly matched duel brought to you by my Wednesday running buddy (and fellow editor), Becky. She has seen our contestants, moot and mute, get misused and confused a time or two. So let’s see how these two words can be kept in…

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Which Word Wednesday: Pore vs. Pour

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Not all homonyms are created equal. Sometimes one of them is more popular than the other, so we forget how to use the words properly. This week’s Which Word Wednesday considers the use of pore and pour. And I think pore’s homonym status causes pour to be used improperly, as…

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Which Word Wednesday: Country vs. Nation

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Which Word Wednesday is on a reading roll—this is the second entry in a row spurred on by a book I’m reading. I came across this week’s WWW duel while reading You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity by Robert Lane Greene. Here’s…

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Which Word Wednesday: Disburse vs. Disperse

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Being a word nerd can be lonely. That’s why it’s so exciting when I get a submission from someone for Which Word Wednesday. It tells me others are somewhat amused and tracking with my wordiness! This week’s submission of disburse vs. disperse is from dear friend Angel. (Thanks, Angel!) Let’s…

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Which Word Wednesday: Superfluous Redundancies Edition

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Happy Which Word Wednesday, folks! Today’s edition I’ve titled the Superfluous Redundancies Edition to highlight a little-noticed practice in our speaking that makes for some needless repetitive phrases. Take a look at these phrases, for example: raging inferno sudden impulse respond back fuse together These are commonly used, both in…

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