Tag Archives: adjective

Another so-called (or is it so called?) blog post

The phrase “so-called” has been tossed around a lot in recent months, and it’s one that deserves attention and explanation. People use it all the time, but it’s still subject to misinterpretation, both in what people mean (or think they … Continue reading

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“Females” or “Women?” Why your choice matters.

I admit it: I’m a lurker in more than one online group. In some, I occasionally step from the shadows to comment, while in others I know better than to open my (figurative) mouth: I don’t engage, I simply observe. … Continue reading

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Are you ineffectual? Or only ineffective?

How many times during the last several months have you heard a political candidate or a candidate’s policies referred to as either ineffective or ineffectual? Chances are, more times than you can count. But which is the correct term, and … Continue reading

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Going further, going farther

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

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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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