Writing Tip 368: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (yes, the comma goes there)

Writing Tip 368: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (yes, the comma goes there)

We’re not talking about any “merry gentlemen” here, folks. Did you ever notice the correct comma placement within  this opening line of the classic Christmas carol? From Rudolph to the Grinch to Deck the Halls, yes, my holiday song breakdown continues… Plus, you now have some nostalgic new slang to drop with your friends. What’s […]

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Writing Tip 367: Should you “Toll” or “Troll” the Yuletide Carol? (video)

Writing Tip 367: Should you “Toll” or “Troll” the Yuletide Carol? (video)

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Writing Tip 366: “Season’s Greetings” or “Seasons Greetings”

Writing Tip 366: “Season’s Greetings” or “Seasons Greetings”

Yes, this is the moment every year where I have to share my reminder about how to make your last name plural on your Christmas cards (hint: no apostrophe—please, no apostrophe!), but that’s not the end of our holiday punctuation conversation. Forget the question of whether to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Is it […]

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Hiccup vs Hicough

Writing Tip 366: “Hiccup” vs. “Hiccough”

Sure, spelling the word “onomatopoeia” might strike you out of the spelling bee, but don’t you love that this word exists that refers to words that were formed in imitation of the sound they refer to. Boom. Squeak. Purr. Buzz. And then there’s “hiccup.” Or is it “hiccough”? They’re both pronounced the same, a wonderful […]

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“Exasperate” vs. “Exacerbate”

Writing Tip 365: “Exasperate” vs. “Exacerbate”

You know who’s exasperated? A snail moving uphill. The morning dew only exacerbates the journey. Oh, English language, there you go again with words that are so similar that confusion reigns once again.

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Writing Tip 364: “Bleary” vs. “Blurry”

Writing Tip 364: “Bleary” vs. “Blurry”

Was the band Puddle of Mudd bleary when they sang, “Everything’s so blurry”? Bleary-eyed. Blurry vision. I know they’re close, but these two words are not one and the same. I can’t “take it all away.” I’m not “shoving it in your face.” But let me “explain again to [you].” Oh, Puddle of Mudd, I […]

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Writing Tip 363: “Dive in” vs. “Delve in”

Writing Tip 363: “Dive in” vs. “Delve in”

If you’re looking forward to “diving in,” this is different from looking forward to “delving in.” One involves shovels and/or deep exploration. One involves an enthusiastic move forward and maybe even aquatic life.

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