Author Archives: languageandgrammar

ACROSS, ACROSST, ACROSSED

When you have gone from one side of a street to the other side, you have gone across the street—–not acrossed the street, acrosst the street, or acrost the street. I’m not sure how people who use this non-word are … Continue reading

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Subjunctive Uses Were, Not Was

Colin Cowherd, January 22, 2008, talking about Tony Dungy coaching in Indianapolis while his family is living in Tampa: If I was a columnist in Indianapolis, I would write about that story. Well, even though I like his show and … Continue reading

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Ball Security Issues

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities Twice today, during two different football games, I heard an announcer say about a player who fumbles often: “He has ball-security issues.” Twice! If you … Continue reading

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Random Capitalization

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities I’m not someone who sends a lot of text messages, but I’ve sent enough to understand the need to use short-cuts and … Continue reading

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Confused Word Pairs: Orient, Encase

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities Here’s something I wrote in AIS Writing Tips that I thought would work well here. Viewer Mail (Circa 1984): Confusing Word Pairs … Continue reading

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Communicating with Tact, Confusing Word Pairs, and More

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities Just a quick reminder: This is not the only place where I post my language ramblings. Feel free to check out AIS … Continue reading

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How to Write Good

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities   A friend sent this along recently, and it’s worth a look (and maybe a laugh).

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