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Homonyms

By Judy Vorfeld Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, & Heteronyms 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 […]

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Dissemble vs Disassemble

By Judy Vorfeld DISSEMBLE Dictionaries say that to dis­sem­ble is to hide under a false appear­ance, con­ceal facts, inten­tions, or feel­ings under some pre­tense. Hmm, what could we use as exam­ples? How about peo­ple in the pub­lic eye? Like the occa­sional politi­cian. Or CEO. Then there’s the sweet, […]

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Less vs Than

By Judy Vorfeld Ever heard that it’s wrong to say, “Less than 50 peo­ple took part in the poll,” and that “Fewer” is the proper word? How can we tell which is right? “Fewer” should be used with a plural noun that describes a group of indi­vid­ual items that can […]

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“Like” as Slang

By Judy Vorfeld Let’s tackle the some­times loved, some­times hated word, “like.” Like, have you won­dered if there’s a tech­ni­cal term for, like, stick­ing the word “like” like, through­out a sen­tence, like, like this? Here’s the grip­ping answer: it’s an inter­jec­tional word. Interjectional speech is often called “slang.” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, […]

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Different Than or Different From?

By Judy Vorfeld If you’re con­fused about “dif­fer­ent than” vs. “dif­fer­ent from,” here’s a quick way to rest your mind: Different from: This prod­uct is dif­fer­ent from the one I nor­mally use. Different than: I see the issue in a dif­fer­ent way than you do. (Although “from” is nor­mally pre­ferred, “than” is acceptable […]

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