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Are You Guilty of Using These Malapropisms?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

To set things straight -- and with a nod to Mrs. Malaprop (go on, Google it) -- I offer the following glossary, with which all writers, editors, and other communicators should become familiar.

Claire Fallon

17 Everyday Words You Just Might Be Mispronouncing

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.21.2014 | Books

There’s nothing more irritating to a pedant’s ear than someone saying “mischievious” instead of “mischievous,” and nothing more embarrassi...

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.13.2014 | Books
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.

15 Made-Up Words That You Should Start Using Right Now

Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts

Ever heard of "nurdeling"? You know, the act of sticking your cold feet under someone's butt on the couch. How about a "woolly-doop-doop"? That thing,...

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Are You Botching These Smart-Sounding Words?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
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.

The Power of Words

Julia Schemmer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I am a writer and a lover of words. Addicted to them, you might even conclude. I believe in the power of words, but even more so, I am amazed at the power of those who say them.

How Words Shape Design Perception

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.17.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Organizations outfit "war rooms" where strategies are developed for how to beat their competitors and conquer new markets. However, few have "peace ro...

Linguistic Mistakes Everyone Has to Stop Making in 2014

Rob Reinalda | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Words are everywhere, and many are strung together recklessly. People tend to pick up errant usages as easily as black velvet picks up lint. Next thing you know, someone sees that verbal atrocity as a viable expression, and the cycle continues.

The Problem With -ISH

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Dr. Peggy Drexler

-Ish is, no doubt, convenient, the drive-thru of adjectives. I'll give it that. But, like a steady diet of fast food, -ish, not used in moderation, will catch up to you.

The Five Things You Say That Make You Sound Stupid

Floyd Elliot | Posted 03.07.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Aw, c'mon, admit it: you say some crap. Because everybody says some crap. I want to help you stop; I'm not trying to mock you but to support you.

The Most Annoying Word Ever

Reuters | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books

By Kevin Murphy Dec 19 (Reuters) - Hands down, no word grates on Americans more than "whatever," a public opinion survey says. ...

What It Actually Feels Like to Stutter

Madeline Wahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

Stuttering was more than peppering a sentence with a few extra syllables. It was the heart-wrenching realization that the word wasn't coming out of my mouth no matter how hard I tried.

Ten 'Modern' Words With Literary Origins

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

If you think 'totes', 'fangirl', and 'trick out' are recent idioms, then I'm here to surprise you.

Why I Fear for Our English Language

Janie Emaus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

Every day, I get a text with some sort of code that I can't understand. And believe me, I try to figure it out. I make up what I think the letters stand for and then hope that I'm wrong. How dare they say that?

20 Essential Words We Got From Literature

Oliver Tearle | Posted 12.02.2013 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Shakespeare may have been the first one to think of putting "leap" and "frog" together to form "leapfrog" -- but wouldn't his audience have wondered what the hell he was blathering on about? So, here are 20 words which we can say, with some certainty, originated in works of literature.

What's Your Song?

Dennis Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dennis Welch

Suddenly, it began to dawn on me why we only occasionally see greatness. It's a lot of work, and most people stop long before they have something exceptional. The people we revere, are the ones who have taken the time to try and try again.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

9 Words You Probably Hate (And Why You Hate Them)

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books

You could describe our relationship with words as love-hate. They often make us swoon, but sometimes, they make us cringe. It's not always their fault...

Has 'Cringeworthy' Become Cringeworthy?

Stephen Kessler | Posted 09.28.2013 | Comedy
Stephen Kessler

Anthony Weiner had a lousy day last Tuesday, but the word cringeworthy did not. For cringeworthy, it was a bonanza.

To Speak the Words of Race, Religion, or Relationship

Cara Dixon | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Cara Dixon

I recently attended a seminar by a leading archaeologist in the study of artifacts from Ancient Troy. After the presentation, a question was posed as to why he was drawn to this kind of work.

Word Love

Roberta Gately | Posted 08.11.2013 | Good News
Roberta Gately

Standing there silently, my reverence for the capacity of a single word to change everything grew exponentially, and that respect for words continues to this day.

Weird Word Salad: The Terminology of the Unexplained

Sharon Hill | Posted 07.19.2013 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

There is a problem with how the word paranormal is used because it is often utilized in a way that is perhaps not consistent with the original intent.

Just Words, You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

It was said of Jesus of Nazareth that he was the ultimate Word of God -- the flesh and blood embodiment of God's love and justice, "full of grace and truth" (St. John 1:14) -- and what he said, is what he meant, and what he lived.

We Need to Talk

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

I sounded so peculiar, what with the references to cawfee and my bawss, the long Philadelphia oooo's in "you knoooooow," my hodgepodge Berks County/Philly/Jewish mother affect. Who else tawks like that?