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Happy National Grammar Day!

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It is my duty and privilege to spread the news that today is a national holiday—not one that is commonly observed, but still—March 4 is officially National Grammar Day. It’s a day in which grammar geeks and word nerds can rally around whatever it is they (we!) love most about…

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Which Word Wednesday Constrain vs Restrain

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Today’s Which Word Wednesday showdown is between two words, constrain and restrain, that in essence speak of control. As usual, each one comes at the idea from a slightly different nuance. And it’s always the nuance that’s tricky! Let’s kick it off in with the definitions from The Oxford American…

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Which Word Wednesday: Sherbet vs. Sherbert

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Summer is almost here! And you know what that means: ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, that oh-so-mysterious soft serve stuff, gelato, sorbet, Italian ice, sherbet. The treats are plentiful, which is one of the best parts of summer. But that last item on the list is a tricky fellow;…

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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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