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Grammar Chaos: How Can Something So Similar Be So Different?

Feb 06, 2019

Different and indifferent are two words that sound like they are related. The only difference between the two is the prefix in-. Using context clues, we could infer that indifferent could mean “same” since the prefix in- makes the root mean the opposite. However, that inference is wrong. Different and indifferent may look and sound similar, but they’re meanings are pretty, well, different. Let’s start with the easier of the two. The word different is an adjective which means “not the same, various, diverse, or unlike most others.” Different has its roots in the Latin verb differe, which means “to set apart.” Here are some examples of its usage. The competition guidelines are d......

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Between Prefixes: Differentiating Inter- and Intra-

Jan 30, 2019

Affixes enrich our language: they add new layers of meaning to each word they’re attached to. They may seem simple, but they can be just as confusing as whole words, if not more head-scratching. Used properly, these prefixes add distinct nuances to words, but one careless mistake could instantly muddle the whole message. Two common victims of such misuse are the prefixes inter- and intra-, likely because they have the same first three letters and have broad similarities in meaning. Today, we’ll help fix this prefix mess. Both of these prefixes have the purpose of modifying words in terms of their application and range, but they are on entirely different ends of that spectrum. Inter-......

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Giving Words Justice: The Difference between Equity and Equality

Jan 23, 2019

Wishing the world to be fair is a well-known sentiment. Sometimes, people make big speeches about equality to persuade and inspire audiences to help their kin—but they’re actually talking about equity. It’s important to be familiar with the subject to avoid disconnect, so consider this question: is it equity or equality? These two words sound alike, but they have important differences that define their role in the pursuit of social justice and their function in rhetoric. We’re here to break these differences down to make these two loaded words easier to use in our everyday struggle. By definition, equality is “the state of being equal,” meaning that one “regards or affects all objects......

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Stand Corrected: Knowing the Difference between Keel and Kneel

Jan 16, 2019

Tripping over in front of a crowd can be embarrassing, painful, and sometimes, scarring. Misusing a word can be just as mortifying, but what’s important is that we recover from the fall and learn from our mistake. The words keel and kneel tend to confuse people with their similarities—let’s get into their specifics now before we learn them the hard way. Keel and kneel have nearly the same spelling, and this can make it hard to read. But they differ substantially in their pronunciation, as their first syllables are pronounced differently. The former starts with a /k/ sound, and the latter begins with an /n/ sound. Reading the words out loud will help determine which is which at the ons......

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Grammar Chaos: Seeing Double

Jan 13, 2019

Question: When typing sentences, do you hit the space bar twice or just once? If you’re wondering why someone would double-space after sentences, well, you were probably born in the late 1990s or in the 2000s, so read on to find out. One of the hottest debates in editing these days involve the humble space bar. Apparently, people are still arguing whether or not a double space is required after sentences, considering that we all use computers. For someone who’s been using computers all their life, this may seem like a no-brainer. However, let’s go back to a time before computers were as sleek and small as they are today. When typesetting was new, all characters were given the sam......

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Nauseated and Nauseous

Jan 03, 2019

Ever felt woozy? Felt like vomiting? Except you don’t know the right word for it? The term you’re looking for is nauseated. No, you’re not seeing it wrong. The word for when you’re feeling dizzy or sick is nauseated, not nauseous. If you’re scratching your head now, embarrassed for the dozens of times you’ve misused the word, don’t fret! Nauseous and nauseating have been interchanged by many people. Even the best speakers of the English language are prone to the pitfalls of these terms. Let’s pick these two apart and get to the root of each word. Be warned: the ride may make you, err, nauseated. Before we get right ahead, we have to understand first that one of the main reasons w......

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Grammar Chaos: X Marks the Spot

Dec 19, 2018

Anyone who has celebrated Christmas is familiar with these words that can be found in some Christmas cards: “Merry Xmas!” Many religious people say that using Xmas instead of Christmas takes out the essence of the celebration. After all, there won’t be any Christmas without Christ. But did you know that the X in Xmas actually stands for “Christ”? Read on to find out more. The New Testament was originally written in Greek, so Jesus’s name translates to Christos (Χριστός). Using the Greek alphabet, the first letter of the Greek spelling is chi or X. In the early fourth century, Constantine popularized a shorthand version of Christ’s Greek name, which he printed on a military banner......

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Grammar Chaos: Holiday Greeting Alternatives

Dec 12, 2018

It’s the holidays once more. Other than grappling with what to get our friends and family for Christmas, all of us have one more dilemma that we try to keep low-key: coming up with nongeneric messages for Christmas cards. It is common knowledge that Christmas is technically a Christian holiday. However, the Christmas season has become a cultural phenomenon celebrated even by non-Christians. Plus, other religions also celebrate different holidays in December. That’s why these alternatives are important to know. Merry Christmas The most popular holiday greeting, this phrase was popular as early as the fourteenth century. The phrase is usually compounded with “And a Happy New Yea......

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