Writing Tip 395: “Daylight Savings Time” or “Daylight Saving Time”?

Writing Tip 395: “Daylight Savings Time” or “Daylight Saving Time”?

You know what’s weird? “Daylight Savings Time” is not the correct name for when we shift our clocks an hour back or forward, but it feels like it’s more commonly said than than the correct version, which is “Daylight Saving Time” (DST). Did you catch the difference? It should be “Saving,” not “Savings.” “Saving” is […]

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Writing Tip 394: “Succession” vs. “Secession” (& “Secede” vs. “Succeed”)

Writing Tip 394: “Succession” vs. “Secession” (& “Secede” vs. “Succeed”)

Whether you’re creating your succession plan or your secession plan, it’s good to think it through—yes, even with your spelling. Even the best of ideas can fall through without the right attention to detail. Maybe you’ve learned that the hard way. Maybe you’ve learned it by a typo hitting you in the face. (This is […]

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Writing Tip 393: “Maze” vs. “Labyrinth”

Writing Tip 393: “Maze” vs. “Labyrinth”

David Bowie might have steered us wrong on this one, folks. And I suppose “steering” is a part of the problem. When distinguishing between a “maze” and a “labyrinth,” some sources argue that these words are synonyms, but it’s important to note that many others do not. Yep, some word comparisons are simpler than others, […]

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Writing Tip 392: “Sick” vs. “Sic” (or “Sick ‘Em” vs. “Sic ‘Em”)

Writing Tip 392: “Sick” vs. “Sic” (or “Sick ‘Em” vs. “Sic ‘Em”)

I have dreams of someday someone opening up my grammar book and saying, “dude, that’s sick,” with “sick” meaning awesome. If they said, “it’s [sic],” I’d be super bummed. So bummed I would “sick” or “sic” a dog after them? No. That seems a bit over the top, don’t you think? But I needed to […]

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Writing Tip 391: “Manila” vs. “Vanilla” Folders

Writing Tip 391: “Manila” vs. “Vanilla” Folders

I find it fascinating when typos are so common that online stores consider them and can redirect these mistakes to what you actually need. Maybe home improvement stores do this with spigots already when someone searches for a “spicket,” but what’s gotten my attention lately is the mistake of “manila” vs. “vanilla” folders. Do you […]

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Writing Tip 390: “Piecemeal” vs. “Piecemail” vs. “Peacemeal”

Writing Tip 390: “Piecemeal” vs. “Piecemail” vs. “Peacemeal”

If a “happy meal” once made you excited as a kid, would a “peace meal” make you excited as a grown up? “Happy” is good, but “peace” is a larger group undertaking. I know it’s not that simple, but I like the idea of a “peace meal,” even if this isn’t the actual spelling of […]

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Writing Tip 389: “Line up” vs. “Lineup” vs. “Line-up”

Writing Tip 389: “Line up” vs. “Lineup” vs. “Line-up”

Think fast, should it be one or two words? Or should it be hyphenated? “Line up” or “lineup” or “line-up”? It’s one of those language questions that can have you staring at the blinking cursor on your screen. Hopefully, this quandary isn’t one that crosses the line of something that has you blinking and cursing […]

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