Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2013’

Words We Confuse That Spellcheckers Miss, Part T1


There are a lot of these! I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started writing about common homophones. But here we are on the Ts. Well, there are lots of t-homophones, so this is the first half.

Homophones, remember, are words that sound alike, but have different spellings and definitions. They cause problems for spellers because they sound the same and aren’t caught by spellcheckers. These are words you just have to learn by heart.

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Do Continual and Continuous Mean the Same Thing?


A Facebook fan recently asked me to solve a usage disagreement regarding the words continual and continuous. Are they synonymous and interchangeable or not?

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10 Things We Believe about Teaching Writing


I have been teaching teens to write for a quarter of a century (Twenty-five years just sounds longer when you put it that way, doesn’t it?), and the online writing instruction service I founded, WriteAtHome, has been in business for a dozen years. In all that time we’ve learned a lot about how to teach writing effectively. Here are ten of the most important.

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What Exactly Did the Little Lord Jesus Do with His Head?


Google the lyrics to the beloved Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” and you will find two versions of the …

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