Category Archives: Things you should know

A Little Practical Hawaiian

A couple of months ago I started putting together what I had expected would be a pair of posts to bookend my (long-planned and nearly cancelled) family vacation to Hawaii. The idea was that I would look at Hawaiian words … Continue reading

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Tour de force? Coup de grace? Maybe coup de force or tour de grace?

A weird error crossed my desk the other day and it was interesting enough that I’m devoting this post to it. You’ve probably encountered both of these phrases: coup de grace and tour de force. A coup de grace (the … Continue reading

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What does “anodyne” mean? It’s really not very exciting.

Bland. Dull. Boring. Insipid. Those are some of the synonyms listed in one dictionary for “anodyne.” Are you familiar with that word: anodyne? It’s certainly been getting a lot more use lately. Why is that? The word has been around … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Use “Shall”

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that a large chunk of my work in recent years has been for law firms. When you work in that domain you have a lot of exposure to “legalese,” both in the common derogatory … Continue reading

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In With The New

February’s nearly over and I usually dedicate a post around this time to review the annual “Banned Words” list, but this year I’ll take a pass. There’s only so much pet-peevishness I can take, and that exercise in public griping … Continue reading

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