Tag Archives: negative

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

Posted in Culture, Grammar, Language, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Is Not A Revanchist Post (I have nothing to reclaim)

Here’s a great political word seeing an uptick in usage: revanchist. Conducting a little research on this was rewarding, as revanchist (and also revanchism) is a word that’s still shifting in meaning, moving from a very strict and limited use … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanks to writing clearly, we’ll positively understand you.

Today’s post is the second in a very short series (of 2) covering misuses I’ve recently seen on the rise. Last time I talked about the misuse of infamous for famous. Today, it’s using “thanks to” in a negative way. … Continue reading

Posted in Things you should know, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

It’s “famous.” Not “infamous.” Unless you really mean it.

There are two old, occasional misuses that I’ve suddenly noticed cropping up a lot more recently. I’m not sure that it’s a trend — probably just coincidence — but since they’re on my mind I’ll do a couple quick posts … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Things you should know, Words, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Language, Things you should know, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments