When communicating through email, there is a good chance you have seen “Re:” as the introduction of the subject box. You also probably made an inference as to what that meant and went on about your life.  However, when contemplating the meaning of the prefix, internet users are at odds,...
Asterisks are commonly used to refer you to additional information, disclaimers, or fine print at the bottom of a page.  They may also censor swear words. The asterisk is the tiny star (*) icon that shares its home with the number 8 on a standard keyboard's number row. You...
There are two main ways to use the word: as an adjective followed by a noun (myriad reasons) and as a noun itself (a myriad of reasons). While either form is considered acceptable by major dictionaries, the AP style frowns on the use of the noun form. Every day writers and...
Idk is one of those terms that someone who is not too Internet-savvy might need some help interpreting. Idk is an abbreviation of the expression I don’t know. Idk is most frequently used in casual communication, such as text messaging. There aren't any formal rules about the capitalization of terms like idk. The Definition of Idk Idk is...
Gerunds A gerund is a verbal ending with -ing and functions as a noun. The word verbal tells us that a gerund, like the other two types of verbals, is based on a verb, thus expressing action or a state of being. Yet, since a gerund operates as a noun,...
The proper plural form of “moose” is actually “moose.” The reason is that the word is not native to English and uses the rules of the language in which it originated. Certain English words cause all sorts of grief even to native speakers. This confusion is often the result of foreign...
From time to time, you may encounter the phrase “Ipso Facto” and wonder what it means. As the word is Latin, it’s reasonable to question when you see it pop up in English.  It does make an appearance frequently since the usual procedure for foreign word usage is to italicize...
Sometimes when describing something quite large, you may hear the adjective "ginormous" used to describe it. The word is fun but doesn't sound like something you'd find in a legitimate dictionary.  Is this a real word?  Where did it originate?  Well, the answers may very well surprise you!  Let's dig deep into the...
“Ily” is an abbreviated form of “I love you” often used in texting or informal writing.  The impact of “ily” is not as powerful as actually writing out the words themselves. Before agreeing with or acknowledging something, it’s essential to know what it means. A failure to do proper...
  LMK is an abbreviation that stands for “let me know.”  You can use this abbreviation in informal text in the same situations where you might spell out the phrase, but you should avoid using the acronym when socializing verbally.  Modern texting language is full of abbreviations and slang, making...