All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘usage’

Tragedy vs. Travesty


Tragedy and travesty sound alike, but they are nothing like synonyms. I’ve found that many people use the word travesty when they really mean tragedy, though no one every gets it wrong the other way.

Both words carry a negative connotation. They are normally used when describing a bad, unjust, or disheartening situation.

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Till, ‘Til, or Until?


What’s the correct short version of “until”? Is it “’til” or simply “till”?

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Lie or Lay? Rise or Raise? Why You Should Know What a Transitive Verb Is


  Today, boys and girls, we’re going to learn about transitiveness. Can you say transitive? I knew you could. When …

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Troublesome Homophones: Why You Can’t Trust Spell-Checkers


Homophones are words that sound the same (homo = same, phone = voice/sound. Get it?). Homophones can be spelled the …

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