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...
We have all seen parents who allow their kids to run amok at the shopping mall. Or do these rowdy little rascals run amuck? You have surely seen both spellings and wondered: "is it amuck or amok?"  A Little History The phrase "to run amok" was first used in the English language in the 1670s. The...
Placeholders names are terms that you can use instead of words that seem irrelevant or easy to forget. Placeholder words have various functions in different categories. Placeholders Names in Everyday Life When communicating in a relaxed social situation, one can address a person using colloquial stand-ins like Mac, buddy, guy, pal, and fellow (or fella) when unaware of...
Writing Prompts Prompts are an excellent tool for writers to get started on their ideas. Even if you are not a professional, learning how to use writing prompts will bring your projects to the next level. What Is A Writing Prompt? Writing prompts can save you from writer’s block and help you...