Monthly Archives: March 2012

Going further, going farther

Farther and further: is there a difference? If there is, which word should you use and under which circumstances? Advertisements

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The Incomparable Adjective

Incomparable…something that’s unequaled or matchless, or that’s beyond compare. It’s the second definition that applies to incomparable adjectives (also called uncomparable adjectives): they describe an absolute state, so comparison is not possible. For example,┬ádead is incomparable, because it describes an … Continue reading

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Gynandromorph

Word of the week: gynandromorph. It’s a mouthful. If you’ve got a decent vocabulary, you might be able to break it down, and then start picking up the pieces to figure out what it means. Maybe you’ll separate out the … Continue reading

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Apostrophes, by request

In English, there are three common uses for the apostrophe [ ‘ ]: to show omission (contraction) to show possession to clarify the meaning or pronunciation of certain non-standard words (typically plurals of abbreviations) Most folks are familiar with the … Continue reading

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Pour out, pore over, and poor taste.

Which is it, when you’re reading carefully or studying diligently: do you pour over the subject or pore over it (or poor over it)?

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