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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

April 25, 2019

augury:  (noun)  divination; forecasting; prognostication; a sign of what will happen in the future.  Her augury is quite uncanny.  How did she know the sun would rise this morning!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“We are all entitled to believe whatever we want, whether or not it is true.”  Earl Eldridge

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Vim and Vigor

Not only is this a cliché, it’s redundantVim and Vigor mean the exact same thing.  Use this one and get the daily double.

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Since and Because

Many people use “since” and “because” like synonyms.  And, frankly, few people are ever going to know the difference... or care.  But then, that is true for grammar in general, which just makes it that much easier for those of us who like to feel superior because we do know the difference.  And there is a difference.  “Because” tells why; “Since” tells when – from that time forward.  More...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

How to Document Online Video Clips

Because you asked!  Since you got it from a website, then you will document it just like any other web source.  If there is a known writer or director, you would list that person as the author.  The title of the clip would be the article title.  If a date is given, that would be next.  Then the title of the website, the date accessed, and the URL.  

 Work Cited:

Carroll, Sandy.  “Platypus & Snake.”  19 Mar. 2012.  YouTube.  16 July 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCagQTgSA0


Which really sounds like it would be a cool video, right?  I mean, you think a platypus is going to be fighting some gigantic poisonous Australian snake, but the platypus and the snake aren’t even together in any of the clips.  It’s just a platypus, and then a snake.  Of course, the platypus is kinda cool.  But overall, it was disappointing.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Level of Proof

Having a level of proof is your knowing what it takes for you to be convinced that any given belief you may hold is wrong.  For instance, I believe in evolution.  The evidence is too overwhelming not to.  However, I do have a level of proof.  If you can produce the fossilized bones of a Jersey Cow, then I will be convinced that evolution is wrong, at least, as I have come to understand it.  On the other hand, your showing me that carbon dating can be incorrect is not good enough for me throw out all the other evidence.  Carbon dating is minor, and there are many other ways to determine how old something is.  Besides, carbon dating is fairly accurate... but only when it is used to measure what it was designed to measure.  More...

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