Category Archives: Grammar & usage
We all know what it means, but a lot of people are unsure about whether to use “just deserts” or “just desserts”. This is a thorough post about a confusing phrase: just des(s)erts. And once you know which word you want, … Continue reading
It is time we had some word history. This time there are some classic muddles: Scrimshaw. Seersucker. Derring-do. Donkey’s years. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.
We live in interesting times, which seem more and more difficult to predict. And in these times bring up some language issues. Here are two which are coming up at the moment, mainly in the American context: bureau impeachment Visit … Continue reading
The development of the alphabet is quite an interesting field of study. I started on a series of blog posts on the subject, and one day I hope to find the notes, which I don’t think I’ve seen since before … Continue reading
Some word history this week: Exception that proves the rule Bespoke Jungle Hazy Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.
Some people get very worked up about the Oxford comma. Some people make a statement about it in their house style guide. Outside publishing, many people aren’t sure what it is. Find out more about the ambiguous Oxford comma. I think … Continue reading
Find out some background to this old expression here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.
No, it isn’t the follow up to the chicken crossing the road, but it is a phrase that has been around for a long time. In fact, in seems we have Chaucer to thank for this one. Find out more … Continue reading
I’m not sure I believe some of these. But if people are getting muddled, let’s get it fixed. Here are 33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.