Pitying the Passionate Grammar Snob

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When it comes to grammar, can’t we all just get along?

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Where Did OK Come From?

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Words are fascinating, but one of the frustrations that comes with etymology — the  study of word origins — is …

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The Importance of Unity in Writing

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Today’s lesson is on an attribute of all good writing — unity. Unity means oneness. It describes writing that sticks to a central idea, theme, or story. Good writing doesn’t wander around like a gossip at a dinner party, it stays focused like an astronomer at his telescope.

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Dord: Merriam-Webster’s Ghost Word

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No one has ever intentionally slipped a phony word into the M-W Dictionary, but one sneaked in there by accident once. Check out the curious history of the non-word, dord.

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