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Watch your language — Learning a lesson in language

was in the south of England a few weeks ago (part of a research trip to learn more ...

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Watch your language — The wrong word often slips in to a sentence

It’s July and while tomatoes are just starting to turn red and we’re waiting for a tasty harvest, ...

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Typos and Errors

Today’s column presents the latest batch of typos and errors. Typos are often due to our typing quickly ...

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Watch your language — ‘There are leeks in the bottle’

This column is dedicated to another set of examples of those pesky little misspellings and grammatical infelicities that ...

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An autumnal harvest of bloopers

Language and the multiple ways we use and misuse it continue to fascinate many of us. In these ...

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Insights from a forgotten food writer

If you’ve never heard the name Clementine Paddleford and you enjoy reading good writing, then you are in ...

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It’s been a year filled with ‘uniquities’

While some things have changed in our recent past, other things remain the same. Bloopers abound, and they ...

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COLUMN — Board game explores sayings from around the world

If you are looking for a new game to play during the holidays, you may be interested in ...

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Some thoughtful sayings to ponder

This column is dedicated to interesting, inspirational and/or original sayings from mainly U.S. English. A future column will ...

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‘Class’ical spelling issues abound

This past academic year was one of the most challenging and unforgettable years many of us have ever ...

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Out of the mouths of children

As we continue to confront the consequences of the coronavirus and deal with the effects, humor is more ...

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Fun with puns and signs

In the spirit of keeping things light and cheery, while keeping a keen eye on our language, today’s ...

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Some levity from church bulletin faux pas

Because we are living in strange and uncertain times, I thought I’d dedicate this column to bringing a ...

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More bloopers

‘Tis the season not only for more bloopers but for unpleasant illnesses for students. I received an email ...

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What’s in a word

A few weeks ago, a colleague in math, who is keenly aware of language patterns and inconsistencies, asked ...

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Books about language

With all the back-to-school preparations and focus, this is a good time for a column dedicated to books ...

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Duel enrollment, large rolls and participation grapes

If you caught the last episode of “Call the Midwife” you might recall that Fred, the Nonnatus House ...

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The formation of words

The study of the formation of words is morpohology. Morph is from the Greek meaning form or shape ...

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More from the Great British Baking Show

With the enormous popularity of the Great British Baking Show, the U.S. audience enjoys seeing the competition in ...

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Language bloopers

It’s time for another column on language bloopers, those unexpected and humorous misuses of words and phrases that ...

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Translation humor

This semester I’m teaching a class in translation from Spanish to English. One of the texts I enjoy ...

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Toponymy, study of place names

Toponymy is the study of place names and this column explores some of the many interesting and unusual ...

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Is everything tickety-boo?

It wasn’t too long ago that PBS broadcast a wonderful show from the BBC called “My Mother and ...

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De Guatemala a Guatepeor – he and she used as object pronouns

Most of us are familiar with the unfortunate but now common error evident in phrases such as “between ...

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Excuse my Finnish!

When Clark Gable’s character delivered the line “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” to Scarlett O’Hara ...

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Words with multiple meanings

We are normally comfortable with the fact that a word, at any given time, may have multiple meanings. ...

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That which troubles us…

From time to time readers contact me with grammar questions. Today’s column is dedicated to answering some of ...

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