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Is Your Usage Right When You Say 'Grammar'?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.25.2014 | Home
Rob Reinalda

People love to write about writing. All too often, these pieces are titled "10 essential grammar tips" or the like, and the author proceeds to talk about common errors in writing that aren't actually grammatical in nature, or he or she compares anvils and oranges.

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.13.2014 | Home
Rob Reinalda

In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.

Are You Botching These Smart-Sounding Words?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Home
Rob Reinalda

Perhaps the most common of these offenses occurs with the lengthening -- by a mere syllable, sometimes -- of the correct word to make it the wrong one for the circumstances.

Language Problems at the New York Times

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert E. Murphy

Since the death of William Safire, political columnist who wrote the regular "On Language" feature in the New York Times Magazine, no one has truly assumed the mantle of leading linguistic watchdog.