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Will your head literally explode? OED recognizes informal use of "literally"

The Oxford English Dictionary now recognizes the long-used informal sense of "literally" as an intensifier meaning "virtually" or "figurati…

Started by Grinning Cat

6 Aug 24, 2013
Reply by Idaho Spud

Singular “they”: everyone has their own opinion / You: a short history

Singular “they”: everyone has their own opinion FREDDIE DEBOER, a graduate student and blogger, has just summed up his class project examin…

Started by A Former Member

1 Apr 3, 2013
Reply by Sean Murphy

Soda? Pop? Coke? and over 100 other dialect variations (survey results and maps)

http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html One of the 122 questions: 105. What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated b…

Started by Grinning Cat

3 Mar 10, 2013
Reply by Grinning Cat

Misunderestimating, and other words that should never have been.

It can be pretty funny when people screw up in speech or writing. Misunderestimating is one of those words that will be go down in the hist…

Started by A Former Member

18 Nov 16, 2009
Reply by Timo Ostrander

Using 'none' and 'no' correctly

Your opinions, please. We often say things like: He’s none too bright. He’s no Tiger Woods, but he still plays a mean game of golf. I’m no…

Started by A Former Member

6 Nov 16, 2009
Reply by Timo Ostrander

What is a malapropism?

Malapropism [mal-uh-prop-iz-uhm] –noun 1. an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar…

Started by A Former Member

3 Sep 20, 2009
Reply by Jaume

Please, never feel badly about your grammar.

Please, never feel badly about your grammar. If you did, you’d be using bad grammar. Bad or Badly? Bad is an adjective. It describes noun…

Started by A Former Member

4 Sep 10, 2009
Reply by A Former Member

I couldn't care less!

The form I could care less has provoked a vast amount of comment and criticism in the past thirty years or so. Few people have had a kind w…

Started by A Former Member

0 Sep 10, 2009

migrate / emigrate / immigrate

migrate / emigrate / immigrate When used of people, migrate sometimes refers to a permanent change of settlement: In the fifth century A.…

Started by A Former Member

3 Aug 31, 2009
Reply by Adriana Heguy

Stertorous

stertorous [stur-ter-uhs] –adjective 1. characterized by stertor or heavy snoring. 2. breathing in this manner. stertor [stur-ter] –no…

Started by A Former Member

0 Aug 18, 2009

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