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Category: Language

Editing and Writing

Zeus on a throne

Fun with Word History: Hosts, Guests, and Hostility

Whether you’re a host or a guest, just be hospitable, and nobody will get hostile.

Clearing up Confusions in Word Usage

Using words incorrectly can make a reader think we really don’t know what we’re talking about, even if we’re trying to convey valuable information.

Science Writer Phil Plait Shows Why Word Choices Matter

When conveying important info, we have to use very clear language or we’d better define our terms very explicitly.

Paul Krugman Nails the Importance of the Right Words

If we get so caught up hearing ourselves use the Big, Special Words that belong to our specialty, the only people we’re talking to are ourselves.

I’m an Apostrophe Geek. Again.

Banning apostrophes? Why should readers have to guess what the writer meant?

Pronouns: Secret Windows Into Your Soul

A pronoun is just a word pointing to something else, right? Boy, is everyone wrong about that!

Old Navy sure knows the importance of the apostrophe – now.

Old Navy has sure learned the hard way that people still notice the apostrophe — and that it still matters.

Stephen Fry steps on some toes about Language

A penetrating discourse on language by Stephen Fry, visually and brilliantly brought to life by Matthew Rogers.