Category Archives: politics

This Vote Should Be Unanimous: It’s Electoral, not Electorial!

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities We’re in the heart of election season, which means many things, one of the most annoying of which is how many people … Continue reading

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Language of Racism: Hoodies the Reason for Trayvon Martin’s Death

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities That’s right, ladies and gentleman, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera thinks that what Trayvon Martin was wearing is as much of a factor … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin and Paul Revere

Who would have ever thought that we’d need to put the names Paul Revere and Sarah Palin in the same sentence?

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Deliberately Misleading Language

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever This is as much a political opinion piece as it is a language piece, but when has that stopped me before? If hearing political views that may not match … Continue reading

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What Does “States’ Rights” Really Mean?

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I love hearing the term “states’ rights” during  political discussions because of what it seems to mean, which is something like “This radical idea I’m espousing has absolutely no … Continue reading

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“Correlate” Retirement Age with Life Expectancy

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever Republican lawmakers who want to extend the number of years that you need to work before getting your social security benefits are afraid to say that they’re raising your … Continue reading

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Way Off Topic: Wealth, Lifespan, and Taxes

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever Warning: I’ve done my share of off-topic posts on the blog, but this one is more off-topic than most, so I’ve included this warning:  Don’t blame me if the … Continue reading

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Come On, Dictionary

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever When you heard that refudiate, Sarah Palin’s mistaken combination of refute and repudiate, was made one of the New Oxford American Dictionary’s words of the year, I’m sure that … Continue reading

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Definition: Minority

I just want to get something straight since this sometimes seems to get confused:  The word minority, as it applies to a population of people, means “a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other … Continue reading

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What Did the Pot Call the Kettle?

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure that I’ll say it again:  We all make mistakes, so we at languageandgrammar.com don’t usually play the gotcha game when we see a mistake; however, there are instances when language and grammar mistakes … Continue reading

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