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Shibboleth — not someone who predicts the future and not a Lovecraft monster

I’ve been swimming into the depths of political speech again lately, and that means I encounter interesting words and concepts that aren’t always common in everyday use. One of the words that crops up now and then is “shibboleth.” I … Continue reading

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Real Estate and Realtor: Word Origins

It’s been a fairly busy month in language but I haven’t been able stay timely. So many interesting words and usages, so little time! I didn’t want to let a full month slide by without posting on some useful topic … Continue reading

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Being historical doesn’t make it historic

Regular reader Steve G. asked recently: Historic vs. historical, is there a difference? Should historical really even be a word? There certainly is a difference, and both words have their uses. It’s worth knowing the definition for each so that … Continue reading

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Apostrophes, by request

In English, there are three common uses for the apostrophe [ ‘ ]: to show omission (contraction) to show possession to clarify the meaning or pronunciation of certain non-standard words (typically plurals of abbreviations) Most folks are familiar with the … Continue reading

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