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Which Word Wednesday: Connote vs. Denote

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I love it when friends encounter their own word duels and send them my way as potential Which Word Wednesday entries. Today’s match up comes from dear friend Angel who wondered about the difference between connote and denote. Good one! Although I’m familiar with the pair, I had a hard…

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Which Word Wednesday: Raise vs. Rear

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Word debates are often impassioned affairs, each side loyal to some set of rules imparted to them by an elementary school English teacher. So it is with the debate over which word we should use to describe parents bringing up their children. Do parents raise children or do they rear…

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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: 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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