Tag Archives: academic english

i.e. and e.g.: You’re not writing in Latin, so why are you using them?

i.e. and e.g.: What are they? Why do we use them? What do they mean? And why don’t we just get rid of them? Advertisements

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Amidst, Amongst, Whilst: Please Resist Usingst Themst!

On my mind this week are a trio of words which sometimes catch my attention (rarely in positive ways): amidst, amongst, and whilst. Most sources note (with various amounts of further explanation) that these words are flowery variants of their … Continue reading

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It looks like English but stinks like a fish…it must be Engfish

When I teach expository writing, there’s a window in the semester – usually starting around week 7 or so, where it fits most organically – during which I have students read and react to a few essays that discuss good … Continue reading

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