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,...
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes.  It has also given rise to novelties in our everyday life, and has also brought some phrases and grammatical construction to the forefront. For example, do we have less cases than last month, or fewer cases? Do we say that the number of...
Sarcasm vs. facetiousness - are they interchangeable? Well, sarcasm adds an interesting intonation to your writing, making it seem witty and (hopefully!) hilarious. Of course, just like any other language device, sarcasm is best used in moderation. In everyday speech, it’s best served amongst peers you share a similar...
Compare to vs. compare with: are they the same?  Well, there is actually a slight yet very practical difference between 'compared with' and 'compared to.' While 'compared to' underscores a similarity between two things, 'compared with' does the opposite. It contrasts them. Now, mixing the two up is hardly a cardinal sin in...