Sic can mean several things: An adverb indicating that something is being quoted exactly as is, including any possible errors. Another way to say such in Scottish A verb meaning “to strike” or “to pounce.” As in sic 'em! Sic is that strange little word that tends to lurk within brackets or parentheses and can...
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...
A sentence should be long enough to reach its end, however, you still have to maintain the aesthetic of your writing, as well as balance. Your sentence can be one single word, or it can be extremely long, but what will best engage the reader and retain attention? In most...
What's the difference between the phrases "Due to" and "because of"? You may have caught yourself using the phrase "due to" rather than "because of." You may have done so because it's simpler and shorter and gives a more formal touch to your writing. However, according to the rules in...
The correct way to fully write out dates using commas, according to the American format, is to write the weekday separate from the month and date, which in turn will be separated from the year using a comma—for example, Friday, April 29, 1993. This is one of the most popular...
Getting right into it, the words between and among are very different. Here’s how: Between:  When referring to a one-to-one relationship, that’s when you can use between. Among: When referring to relationships that are not indistinct or nonspecific, you can use among. Now that you’re aware of the main difference between the...
Updated May 14, 2021 What are direct and indirect objects?  How do we identify them in in a sentence? Well, in short, a direct object is what receives the action that the sentence talks about. It is directly affected by it. While an indirect object is something/someone for which/whom this action is...
You’ve probably written or read multiple emails today… or within the last hour… or five minutes. Email and business go hand in hand. And we tend to fall back on one common phrase to wrap up every business letter or email we send. Interestingly, tweaking the wording even slightly...
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...
Without even realizing it, you reach for them every day in your speech and writing. What are they? Conjunctive adverbs. And although you may not consciously think about them, it’s crucial to have a firm grasp on just what the heck a conjunctive adverb is. And understand how to...