Tweet Pundits, poets and podcasters are all weighing in on the BIG QUESTION as we enter the New Year — how to pronounce it…2010, that is. Not since the beginning of the millenium (has it been ten years already?) have we seen such “controversy” over the pronunciation of a year. Research reveals several alternatives by a variety […]
Archives for December 2009
- 30 - How Do You Pronounce MMX?
28 - You’re On Your Own: When It Comes To Spelling, the Responsibility is All Yours
Tweet If ever I make a spelling error, I always contend that it is because I am a poor typist. When my wife was a grammar school teacher and occasionally misspelled a word on the blackboard, her students would try to correct her. She would simply respond that she wanted to be sure that they were paying attention. We can all […]
20 - The True Meaning of “Xmas”
Tweet Far be it from me to preach theologically on this sacred subject, but I will give it a try from a literal, historical perspective. I am referring to this particular spelling (Xmas) of this Holy Day. While many decry the use of the “X” as taking Christ out of Christmas, on the contrary, the Church in […]
17 - Four Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
Tweet Beware of possible wrong spellings when it comes to the word “right.” It has three other possible homophonic spellings: Be sure your left hand knows what your right hand is doing when it starts to write about an initiation rite for a wright (a worker, such as a wheelwright or playwright).
15 - Having an Illiterate Moment?
Tweet You’ve heard of “senior moments.” Sometimes they might be related to “illiterate moments” where you are scratching your head for the proper King’s English while working on an important paper or document: Have you ever been bewildered by some of the problematic grammar of the English language? Need someone to proof-read those tricky homophones better than SpellCheck can ever […]
14 - For Egg-ample, Use “e.g.”
Tweet Want to avoid having egg on your face when it comes to choosing between “e.g.” and “i.e.?” Use this little memory device: “e.g.” is derived from the Latin words “exempli gratia” meaning “for example.” So, if you were to think, e.g., “egg-ample” you can’t go wrong. As for its sister abbreviation, “i.e.,” which also has Latin […]
11 - Happy Chanukah (or Chanukkah, or Hanukah, et cetera)
Tweet No matter how you spell it, holiday greetings to my Jewish friends. My research shows a plethora of different ways (13) to spell this holiday and the underlying reason may be that there is no exact English translation for the Hebrew word.
08 - Just Between You and Me
Tweet This headline gives us two good illustrations of proper grammar that are often abused. In order to differentiate the use of “between” and “among” the rule is that you choose between two things or persons. The easy-to-remember clue is the “tw” in the words between and two. “Among” should be used when more than two items or […]
04 - Let’s Get Right to the Poin(t)settia
Tweet Now that we are in the Christmas season, one of the most common decorations and gifts is a sub-tropical plant easily identified, but often mispronounced and misspelled: poinsettia. Did you know that: The common name is derived from Joel Roberts Poinsett, first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the shrub to the U.S. in 1828 […]
03 - Sight to Behold Cited on This Site
Tweet Since the dawn of the Internet era, the word designating a series of pages on the web (site) appears ubiquitously. Invariably, however, someone will incorrectly use the homophonic word for visual perception, or the act of looking, i.e., sight. When you “cite” something or someone, you quote or refer to it or to them, […]