Tag Archives: pretentious

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?

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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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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

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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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