Category Archives: language

Make Up Your Own Words

While watching cable news, I get to hear many members of Congress speak. To my disappointment, I find many of them unable to speak as well as a mature, supposedly well-educated person should. This representative used the word “essentually” instead … Continue reading

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I am bothered about the incorrect use of “however.” Sadly, I have seen very few examples of its proper use. Does anyone else care? If you do, then go visit this site. https://web.sonoma.edu/users/f/farahman/subpages/utilities/however.pdf

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Uncle!

Why do we say “uncle” when admitting defeat? The only facts we know for sure are that it’s strictly a North American phrase, and that it first appeared in written English in 1918. I am saying “uncle” with regard to … Continue reading

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What is It?

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Fractured Idiom

As my followers already know, I am a stickler with regard to language. Listening to MSNBC can be entertaining as well as informative. Heard Today! “That nailed it on the head.” That phrase is a combination of two idioms. One … Continue reading

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Asterick

The “sk” combination is difficult for many people to pronounce. That is why they say asterick instead of asterisk. It may also be the reason some people say axe (or aks) instead of ask. However, while researching these words, I … Continue reading

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Eye Dialect

I learned something new today. I discovered this while checking out why some people say “ek-cetera” instead of “etcetera.” Eye dialect is the representation of regional or dialectal variations by spelling words in nonstandard ways, such as writing wuz for … Continue reading

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