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28 May 2012

….and with her confusing sidekick, ‘can’. These words have different meanings and usages, altho the distinction has blurred in informal speech. However, in keeping with our mission of shining light on correctness where we can, we offer the rules, which are blessedly easy. May is used...

21 May 2012

When speaking to people who represent institutions, we frequently encounter the detached, scripted, robotic, customer-service speak that is designed to find out what you want so that it can be provided to you or not without the inconvenience of acknowledging that humans are involved. The song...

14 May 2012

I the only person who is annoyed with this: “…and you are…?” as a method of learning about another person? I mention it because, as an introductory communication, I feel it lacks a sense of collegiality or even cordiality, which characteristics can lend a measure of grace...

07 May 2012

There are many things that are challenging about learning a language. A big challenge is the gap between printed language and spoken language. The good news for audio learners is that the spoken language is probably more useful since we are more likely to be...

30 Apr 2012

In one of my language classes the students and I chuckled at a cartoon showing a large pile of trash next to which was a sign that read “Fine for Dumping.” ‘Fine’ isn’t the only word in our wonderfully rich and confusing language that has multiple...