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Idioms

By Judy Vorfeld Main Entry: id.i.om Pronunciation: ’i-dE-&m Function: noun Etymology: Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma indi­vid­ual pecu­liar­ity of lan­guage, from Greek idiOmat-, idiOma, from idi­ousthai to appro­pri­ate, from idios Date: 1588 1 a : the lan­guage pecu­liar to a peo­ple or […]

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Homonyms

By Judy Vorfeld HOMONYM: One of two or more words hav­ing the same sound and often the same spelling but dif­fer­ent mean­ings. Examples: quail (cower), and quail (bird) fair (appear­ance), fair (county fair), and fair (rea­son­able). HOMOPHONE: One of two or more words pro­nounced the same but […]

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Writing and Research Resources

The Writing Center Basic Resources Grammar Basics Grammar Tips Homonyms Idioms Dictionaries & Glossaries Common Grammar Mistakes Ebook Formatting Tips Typography: Arranging Type to Make Language Visible Strictly Grammar A Web of Online Grammars Common Errors in English: Professor Paul Brians Daily Grammar Daily Writing Tips: Get […]

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Common Grammatical Mistakes

You’re bright. You speak well. But when it comes to writ­ing, it’s dif­fer­ent. All those con­fus­ing rules con­cern­ing spelling, punc­tu­at­ing, cap­i­tal­iz­ing, etc. give you headaches. And to com­pound mat­ters, some­times your brain says to spell a word one way but you type it dif­fer­ently. Does any­one really care? […]

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Abbreviations

By Judy Vorfeld What are the Differences Between Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms? Have you ever been con­fused about the dif­fer­ences between abbre­vi­a­tions, acronyms, and Initialisms? You’re not alone! An ABBREVIATION is a short­ened form of a writ­ten word or phrase used in place of the whole word. Some author­i­ties consider […]

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