( education / language / English ) A couple of American-English words/mutterings that now seem universal, no matter which language you're speaking (judging by foreign-language TV shows/movies I've watched) are:
Mm-hmm or uh-huh - meaning yes; and,
Of course, the Italian word ciao has been universal for years.
Any oth... read more
( education / language / grammar / english ) Almost everyone uses the word whom incorrectly. Whom is ONLY correct when following a preposition such as of whom, to whom, from whom, etc. That is the ONLY time you use whom instead of who. And, yes, even your English teacher probably gets it wrong. :)... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) This might be useful: title-case-capitalization
"Title case is one of the conventions used for capitalizing the words in a title, subtitle, heading, or headline: capitalize the first word, the last word, and all major words in between. Also known as up style and headline style." ... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) In a word, no. See style.mla.org/capitalizing-names-of-dog-breeds
"Do not routinely capitalize the names of dog breeds. Many breed names are composed of proper nouns that you capitalize like Boston and generic terms (like retriever or terrier) that you lowercase.... read more
( culture / humor / language / english ) This is pretty old, from the old newsletter in 1992, when the Soviet Union still existed, but it's still funny
How English is Being Used in Different Parts of the World
IN A TOKYO HOTEL: Is forbitten to steal hotel towels please. If you are not person to do such thing please not to read notis.
IN ... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) I used to be able to spot junk email by its bad grammar, spelling and punctuation. Now, even legitimate emails often fail the test. It makes the grammar Nazi in me very sad. ... read more
( education / language / english / grammar ) OK, people, the word is led (when pronounced led) not lead unless you're referring to the metal. I'm not surprised to see this in social media where it's acceptable (cool, even) to be completely illiterate, but I keep seeing it in news articles written by supposed journalists.
A few examples,... read more
( education / language / english ) Wordnik. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from articles on the internet. And they provide an explanation/definition to links (if you click it) like the one above.
It claims to be the most comprehensive English dictionary in the world. I don't know about that,... read more
( education / language / english ) (DING-kuhm)
Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective
True; honest; genuine.
Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning work; a fair share of work. The word was first recorde ... read more
( education / language / english ) Our word of the day is parsimonious
adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal.
Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598.
Usage President Calvin Coolidge was so with words that he became known as 'Silent ... read more
( culture / humor / language / english ) Every year, English teachers from across the USA can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners.
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a ... read more