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What does “Curb your dog” mean?

When you Google “What does curb your dog mean?”, you find th...

Not just me who thinks... or Not just me who think... or Not just I who think... or Not just I who thinks...

There are two questions associated with this. The first one ...

“hack” in “hackathon”

The word “hack” has two distinct definitions. One means “to ...

It had impacts on...

Is it grammatically correct to say “It had impacts on...”? I...

Collins Dictionaries

The new website for Collins Dictionaries is pretty slick. I ...

LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

On this page (#18), the writer says, rather authoritati...

Isn’t the word “feminism” itself gender-biased?

Google’s new application called Ngram Viewer lets you see ho...

It’s Official: email not e-mail

The AP Stylebook today announced that electronic mail is now...

Does “Who knows” need a question mark?

On the Web, the majority seems to think we need a question m...

Is Punctuation Part of “Mechanics”?

According to my research, punctuation is part of “mechanics”...

Word for Showing Off Your MacBook at Cafe — Mac off

Have you noticed that, at trendy cafes, more than half of th...

Word for Stroller Toppling Over

If you have a kid and a stroller, I’m sure you’ve experience...

Word for Twitter Whores?

Is there a word to describe a Twitter user who follows every...

Someone else’s

Is “someone else’s” grammatically correct? Every time I type...

Peter thins them out

This Japanese program claims that Peter Pan regularly killed...

One of the most...

In one of the discussions here, Brian W. tells me that the f...

Should the link include the quotes?

When you link something in a quote, should we include the do...

Effect vs. Affect

This is one of the most common errors people make, and I fre...

Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?

My 4-year old daughter haven’t learned about irregular verbs...

Announcement

One of our regular contributors, porsche, informed me that s...

First Husband or First Gentleman?

If Hillary Clinton is elected as the president of the US, wh...

Do’s and Don’t's

“Do’s and Don’t's” is a popular phrase, but the punctuation ...

What is this triangular symbol?

While waiting for the subway to arrive, I noticed this myste...

Don’t mind if I do

When we say, “Don’t mind if I do,” what is the subject we ar...

Ass

Why is the word “ass” considered a curse word in...

Materialism

The word “materialism” as used by the general pu...

Feeling concern

Several people I know felt that this use of “concern” was co...

Quarters

Why is the word “quarters”, to mean a place of r...

“The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English”

For some unknown reason, I’ve always aspired to coining a wo...

Paraphrase

In sentencing of the terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, Judge Leo...

First Generation vs. Second Generation

When speaking of American people with respect to immigration...

Life Savers 5 Flavor

The package of Life Savers says, “5 Flavor”. Shouldn’t it be...

We, I, or my wife had a baby?

As a father of a newborn, do I say: 1. We had a baby. 2. I h...

I’m home

“I am home.” Does “home” function here as a noun or an adver...

Tsunami

Why do English speakers use the Japanese word “Tsunami”, whe...

Murphy’s Law

I thought I’ve always used the expression “Murph...

Color of People

A friend of mine told me that “colored people” i...

Wiener Coffee

At a dinner last night, my friend at the table put a scoop o...

Silk and Silkworm

Silk is made from thread of silkworms. The fact that the wor...

There is no such a thing as...

I was under the impression that this is wrong, that you do n...

Identical

“The essence of this book and that book was identical.” “The...

The Flu and a Cold

Why does “flu” get “the”, while “cold” gets “a”? It appears ...

The Americans

When you say “Americans” to mean the American people, do you...

At least, at the least

“At least” and “at the least”, are they identical? Or, do th...

Shame on You!

This is not exactly a language thing but when you say “Shame...

Either Is or Am

Which one is correct? Either he or I am a fool. Either he or...

A Jew and Jews

While we are at this racial slur thing: I was told that “He ...

Chink

Webster defines “chink” as “narrow opening”. However in Cal...

Friends

“I’d like to be friends with you.” Why “friends”? It seems t...

Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash

What is the difference between a hyphen, an N-dash and an M-...

Spaces After Period

I know that you are supposed to put one space after a period...

Sweet and Savory

Once I used the term “savory” to mean the opposite of sweet,...

Shrewd

I use “shrewd” to mean smart but in a negative, cunning way....

Commodity

The word “commodity” seems to have contradictory meanings. I...

Dual Purpose or Dual Purposes?

“This knife has dual purpose.” Do I need to pluralize “purpo...

Couldn’t Care Less

A pet peeve of mine is people incorrectly using the expressi...

Email

Someone told me that “email” does not have a plural form “em...

Sister Company

Why sister? Why not “brother company”?...

Ranks has or have

In the following sentence, which is correct: has or have. Th...

Trouble with Trouble

When is “trouble” a countable noun? In what context, would y...

War in/on/with Iraq

Every media organization had its pick. The implication for e...

There were/was an apple and an orange.

In New Yorker, I read: “There was a cold wind and an intermi...

Commas, Periods, and Quotation Marks

I know that commas and periods go inside quotation marks, bu...

The Reality

“The sun” gets the article “the,” because there is only one ...

20 Something

I was under the impression that “20 something” meant someone...

Value

What is the difference between: “It has a value.” and “It h...

ON the Lower East Side

The newspaper headlines read: “Dell Dude Arrested with Pot O...

Matching the tense

“I argued that McDonald’s is good for you.” Should it be: “I...

Taking sides

It seems odd that you say, “take sides”. Wouldn’t it make mo...

Decades

60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and now what? 00′s? What do you call...

Sheep, Fish, and Cattle

Why do you think that these nouns resisted the temptation of...

Social vs. Societal

How do you properly distinguish them? In what context do you...

Perturb vs. Disturb

What is the difference? How would you use them differently?...

Fried Chicken

You can count chickens. 1 chicken, 2 chickens. But Once you ...

Neither is or neither are

“For this recepie, vodka or rum can be used, though neither ...

Down to the Wire

Where did the “wire” come from?...

In and of itself

What does “and of” add to this phrase? That is, what is the ...

Motives vs. Motivation

What is the difference between these two questions? “What is...

Over-the-counter

If over-the-counter drugs mean drugs that you can buy off th...

Five of Ten

If you say “five of ten” in the context of time, you mean 5 ...

Went to extremes

I would think that “went to the extreme” would be more natur...

Potboiler

How did this word come to mean “a usually inferior work of a...

hit a snag

What does this mean?...

“got the best of him”

I hear this expression every now and then, and I understand ...

Off His Rocker

What does this mean? And where did it come from?...

Gone to Seed

What does this mean? Where did it come from?...

Two Weeks Notice

There is a movie out called “Two Weeks Notice”. Shouldn’t th...

Emotionality

Some people say “emotionality” is not a word. It is in Webst...

a shit

“That’s such bull-shit.” Here you have no article; not “a bu...

Multi-disciplinary

When fine artists say their work is “multi-disciplinary”, wh...

lack of “a”

“a lack of” vs. “lack of” What is the difference?...

Letter A

When you refer to something that is labeled with letters, li...

Control

“I have a full control” Or “I have full control” Which is co...

Matching Numbers

“These computers come with a 40GB hard drive” Or “These comp...

A position followed by a company name

In Wired magazine: “Kinsella and AS&E chief technology offic...

Type

“Mercedes SL500. Acura NSX. BMW Z4. These types of cars are ...

Future

“In a future, we’ll have...” Why is “future” a countable nou...

A lot of water

Can I say “a lot of water”? Could “a lot of” be used for unc...

What is / What are

“These are not what is going to bring us happiness.” Or “The...

A Part of ...

“I am a part of the team” or “I am part of the team” Which i...

Past / Present

“At the lecture yesterday, only a few of them knew who I am....

Text, A Text, Texts

I wrote “Multiple pages of recipes from the book, each page ...

“A” News

For some reason I’ve always thought the word “news” had an a...

Where are the commas?

Every native speaker has a different opinion about where the...

Don’t you count money?

Now, when I think of counting, the first thing that comes to...

What Rhymes?

OK, I was talking to Roxy about rhyming, and she tells me th...

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on: What is / What are

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on: What is / What are

According to Fowler's English Usage, the verb that immediate...

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Now Roxy tells me that she uses "a text" in situations like ...

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