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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: Christmaswhichwowedday

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If anything, 2013 has brought us some fabulous holiday match-ups. Earlier this year, we had Thanksgivukkah—when the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving Day. And today, we have Christmaswhichwowedday (Christmas-which-wow-edday), when Christmas and Which Word Wednesday align. You’ve not heard of Christmaswhichwowedday? hmm. Well, I’m sure it’s very popular…

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Which Word Wednesday: Coarse vs. Course

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Although fall doesn’t officially kick off for another 11 days, I tend to think of Labor Day as the beginning of the season. School has started, football is on, the leaves are changing, and—my favorite: There are cross country meets to watch. It’s part nostalgia, part love for running that…

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