Monthly Archives: June 2013

Why do people think that “a” is “a”?

When I was in the 7th grade, my English teacher, Miss Tharp, stood on her chair in the front of the class and in a loud voice said “‘a’ (she pronounced it “ay”) is not a word.” We did not understand … Continue reading

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People tend to write and speak words the way they hear them

A friend suggested to me that many writing and speaking errors may come from non-readers, those who write and speak what they hear because they have not seen the words in print. There also are many words that give people … Continue reading

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Anonymous Doctors

Last Sunday I received a robot call from one of my doctors to remind me of an appointment for Monday. However, the name of the doctor was not disclosed. In order to find out the doctor’s name, I used my … Continue reading

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Purists Beware

I thought I had heard everything bad about language until the other day during a weather report. The meteorologist spoke about “ay nother” storm coming up. That’s a double whammy (see list below)! When I checked it out on Google, … Continue reading

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