The English language, the language of Shakespeare, can be very expressive and flexible in communicating thoughts and ideas. For instance, we might write or say something like: "that guitar has been lounging in my living-room corner since Bush was president." Most of us may understand what that sentence conveys, but...
One reader alerted us to a new use of the word unctuous that we hadn't previously been aware of. Recently, unctuous has begun to take on more of a positive connotation. If you watch cooking shows, you may have heard celebrity chefs describing dishes as unctuous when they mean rich, smooth, or creamy. But...
Awhile is an adverb. It means “for a period of time.” A while is a noun phrase. It means “a period of time.” In 2001, American band Staind released a song called “It’s Been Awhile” as a single from their album Break the Cycle. Even today, it's still one of the band's...
Nobody wants to be known as a boring conversationalist, and one way to avoid that reputation is to steer clear of predictable speech patterns. Do you overuse the phrase "per our conversation?" Here are five less frequently-used variations to try out! As Mentioned As Agreed Following our conversation Pursuant...
Updated 23 November, 2021 - Copacetic, which is pronounced koh-puh-seh-tik, is an adjective. It means "okay," "fine," or "satisfactory." In some cases, you might see the word copacetic spelled as copasetic or copesetic. It's always nice to have plenty of words to express the idea that everything is just fine. Copacetic is an adjective that...
One of our readers recently wrote in with a question about the difference between the words empathic and empathetic. They mentioned that they recently read a book where the adjective empathic was frequently used to describe people who possess empathy. However, they were used to using the word empathetic, and upon looking up...
Many of our readers are curious about the spellings judgment and judgement. Judgement is typically flagged by word processors as an incorrect spelling, but online, you can find both spellings with nearly equal frequency. There are number of instances such as this with debated spelling of various words (which makes language so interesting!)....
Updated 31 August, 2021.  Albeit is an interesting word that can be heard today from time to time. If you wish to add a bit of colour and flair to your writing or speech, adding it could certainly do that. But first, let's learn a few facts about this old conjuction. What...
  A moot point is a fact that is irrelevant because it does not pertain to the current situation.  Moot rhymes with "root."  The phrase "mute point" does not exist; it's a mistake. The Definition of Moot (and the Subsequent Expression) The definition of moot  is "subjected to discussion" or "up for debate." However, it can also...
Thou vs. Thee If Shakespeare was a standard part of your English literature class, it’s likely that you’ve run into some unique words, such as "thou" and "thee"’ While they were commonly used way back when, the emergence of Standard English meant that they were replaced with easier alternatives. Nevertheless,...