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The English language is constantly evolving, both the words we use and the rules that control the usage of those words.  Therefore, it is impossible to ever have a definitive grammar guide, or, if you will, a Complete Guide of American English.  And that’s our excuse.

 

 

Word of the Every So Often

December 14, 2018 

albedo:  (noun)  the light reflected off a surface, usually that of a planet or moon, measured on a scale of zero to one, zero being completely non-reflective (such as black), and one being completely reflective (such as a mirror).  Sir, we're going to have to ask you to put on your hat.  The albedo off of your head is disturbing the other fans.

 

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today’s Deep Thought:

Why isn’t “curse” a curse word?

4:30 pm pst 

Word of the Every So Often

curmudgeon:  (noun)  a bad-tempered, cantankerous person.  Old Man Withers was a curmudgeon who would leave his gate open just so he could chase out trespassers.

 

4:29 pm pst 

Quick Rule:  it’s

it + is or has = it’s.  That’s it.  That’s all.  If you can’t un conjugate it, then you do NOT use an apostrophe, even if it shows possession.

4:28 pm pst 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today’s Deep Thought:

How many people, throughout history, have died because no one bothered to check what was downstream before pissing into the river?

10:02 am pst 

Another Deep Thought:

Just because you give a phenomenon a name doesn’t mean you understand it.

10:02 am pst 

Word of the Every So Often

parsimony:  (noun)  extreme frugality or stinginess.  She was so parsimonious that she wouldn’t even buy her date a glass of water.  It was their only date.

 

9:58 am pst 

Quick Rule:  etc.

Aside from making sure you get the abbreviation correct to begin with, and aside from making sure you don’t put “and” in front of it (after all, etc. is short for “et cetera,” which means “and others,” and hopefully you wouldn’t say “and and others”)… aside from all that, just don’t use it at all.  First, you really shouldn’t use abbreviations in formal writing at all.  But more importantly, it’s pretty much stating, “Yeah, I could’ve written more, but I just don’t want to.”  That’s probably not the attitude you want to exude in your papers.

 

9:55 am pst 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quick Rule:  Single Quotation Marks

Single quotation marks, like ‘this,’ are only used in American English when quoting a quote.  

2:34 pm pst 

Word of the Every So Often

solipsism:  (noun)  The philosophical belief that the self is all that you know to exist.  My cat is a solipsist.

2:32 pm pst 


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