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Word Hippo


Useful site here: Word Hippo. "Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs."... read more

Another grammar complaint


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. "Another grammar complaint"; ... read more

This week's literacy rant

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 acceptabl... read more

Lingmo language translator


Wow, I want one of these! ... read more

Trampoline


Trampoline ends in "ine" not "ene" ... read more

Her own language


I love how my daughter, Elizabeth, 9, makes up words. Tonight I was complimenting her on what a good fruit smoothie she'd just made. I said she should always try to remember how much of each ingredient she used so she can make it ... read more

Musical sign language interpreters


That must be some fast signing. I'd like to see that. I guess they show the beat by tapping their feet? It's got me curious. We are SO excited to tell y'all that Musical Sign Language Interp... read more

Mystery solved


I solved an old mystery today, thanks to one of the Russian language podcasts I've been listening to lately. It's a phase I'm going through. I'm starting to listen to Hindi, Chi... read more

Language


Language-related articles on this site Names in their own tongue and script, via Language names in their own tongue a... read more

Wordnik


. Cool website for those who like words. I love how they provide samples from actual articles on the internet.And they actually provide an answe... read more

Dinkum

(DING-kuhm) Dinkum, also dinky-di, fair dinkum, adjective True; honest; genuine. Etymology Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire... read more

Parsimonious

(par-si-MO-nee-uhs) adjective: Excessively sparing or frugal. Etymology From Middle English parcimony, from Latin parsimonia, from parcere (to spare). First recorded use: 1598. Usage... read more

Lesson for today

There is an old hotel/pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse-drawn dray carting the prisoner was accompanied by an arme... read more

Award-winning English prose


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. Her... read more


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