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Compliment or Complement?

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Since I’ve been talking about sentence complements recently, I thought this would be a good time to address the common confusion over compliment and complement.

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“By Accident” or “On Accident”?

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I just received this email:

My two adult daughters and my husband and I have been going round and round on this one for many years now. He and I have always said “by accident,” while my daughters and most of their age group tend to say “on accident.” I know this is incorrect, because it just is, but what’s the official word on this usage? Is it just a generational thing? Thanks for any insight.” ~Ramona

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Basketball Idioms

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It’s time for March Madness to begin (that’s the NCAA basketball tournament for you non-sporty types), so I thought I’d talk a bit about how this sport has influenced everyday speech here in the U.S..

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