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Amidst, Amongst, Whilst: You Stillst Shouldn’tst

A reader recently took issue with my long-standing recommendation to avoid the use of the “-st” variants of amid, among, and while (original 2013 post here). Our exchange about it was growing unmanageably long for the comments section, so I’ve … Continue reading

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n-grams: for fun (and profit?)

In the last post I delved into LSSU’s list of “banned words” for 2016 using the Google Ngram viewer. If you’re interested in modern language use (primarily English, but it dips into a few others), that’s a tool you should … Continue reading

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Banned for 2016?

It’s not fresh news, but I still want to mention this year’s “Banished Words” as compiled by the good people at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They’ve been at this (admittedly silly) exercise since before most … Continue reading

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When is a dwarf not a dwarf?

Recently, I saw a trailer for the soon-to-be-released second part of Peter Jackson’s epic film interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It got me thinking about a story I’d once heard about the word dwarf and its plural forms. Research … Continue reading

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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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