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What a Waste

While reading an article on politics on a popular news Web site recently, I reluctantly ventured into the comments section. I normally won’t read the comments section of an article on politics since it often seems to be just a … Continue reading

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The Future is Still Not Now

I’ve written about this problem before, but it’s so pervasive that it bears repeating. While watching the NFL pre-game show in the morning, the question was posed Who wins the game tonight? I’ve also heard on other game days Who … Continue reading

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Change Out the Football

I recently heard an esteemed celebrity football announcer say during one of the Sunday games that the referee was going to change out the football. Change out? What does it mean to change out? Is it more important to change … Continue reading

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Hitherto-s and Tautologies

I recently wrote an article about an art exhibit for a local newspaper. Having been both an editor and a copy editor for many years (and those of you who are editors, copy editors, and proofreaders know what I’m talking … Continue reading

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Adverse Versus Averse

Averse, related to the word aversion, means opposed and should be applied only to people because it is a feeling. It comes after a form of the verb to be and has the word to after it. He was averse … Continue reading

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“From” Does Not Mean “Off”

The word from is not synonymous with the word off or the words off of. This is something that I hear fairly often. For example, I got these nematodes off the guy in the lab next door or I got … Continue reading

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350 And Counting…

It’s hard to believe (at least it’s hard for me to believe) that we now have 350 (approximately) separate language and grammar posts on languageandgrammar. com, but since we do, it seems like a good time to highlight two of … Continue reading

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Now, Don’t Be Lazy

Why do I more often hear people say LACKSADAISICAL than LACKADAISICAL? I’m asking because lacksadaisical isn’t a word; the correct word is lackadaisical. Lackadaisical means without enthusiasm or interest or vigor, so someone who is lackadaisical lacks enthusiasm or interest … Continue reading

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We’re Listening…

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. When you share your language pet peeves, we listen. In fact, we also highlight them in a blog post, just as we are today. Here are about 20 of your pet peeves: We was (which … Continue reading

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Conjunctive Adverbs—-or Adverbial Conjunctions

A sign is hanging up at work: Empty the trash, then line the basket with a new bag. I saw the forecast for my local area: Rain will end this morning, then it will be partly sunny this afternoon. Both … Continue reading

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