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Clipped Words

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Maybe it’s a sign that English speakers and writers are lazy, but we have a historic tendency to shorten long words. It tends to start in informal, spoken settings, but eventually the clipped forms make their way into formal, published writing. That’s when the purists object. But nobody really minds the purists. Eventually, the clipped form becomes preferred and we …

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Carol, the Ancient Yuletide Troll

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Get it? The things I spend my time on…    

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Why, That’s an Interesting Use of “Why”!

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Why do some people use “why” in sentences that aren’t questions? A great question from a reader.

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Is “On Accident” Correct?

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I just received this email: “My two adult daughters and my husband and I have been going round and round …

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March Madness and Other Basketball Idioms

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My favorite annual sports event is March Madness (that’s the NCAA basketball tournament for you non-sports fans), and it’s particularly …

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