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...
Here’s one question you really need to answer correctly: Is it “bare with me” or “bear with me?” Choose wisely. Otherwise, your email to a coworker saying, “bare with me,” could inadvertently be inviting them to shed their clothes alongside you. Yikes! The correct answer is: Bear with me. And the...
Contractions in business writing… to use or not to use… that is the question. The art of business writing challenges you to strike that perfect balance between sounding friendly and approachable while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Contractions can be a useful tool to help you do just that....
You use them every day in spoken English. Pick up a magazine or read an article online—you’ll see one or more somewhere on the page. Split infinitives are everywhere and widely accepted—yet they are still surrounded by controversy. So, is it OK to break the archaic rules on using...