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Disperse vs. Disburse

As an editor, you’re exposed to all kinds of weird language use: convoluted sentence structures, idiosyncratic punctuation, unique and unorthodox uses of the formatting features in a word processor. You name it, it’s there. One oddity you’ll always encounter is … Continue reading

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Pour out, pore over, and poor taste.

Which is it, when you’re reading carefully or studying diligently: do you pour over the subject or pore over it (or poor over it)?

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I can’t believe I “-tate” the whole thing

Today’s topic addresses the oldest “by request” post in the queue. It concerns commentate and orientate, two words that to some are the verbal equivalent of fingernails dragged across a chalkboard. I don’t entirely feel your pain — but I … Continue reading

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Have you given your ascent?

Assent or ascent? It’s Friday. That means it’s time to highlight either a word or an error “in the wild.” Or a little of both. An official memo came through my inbox a few weeks ago at the university where … Continue reading

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