Tag: adjectives

  • Commonly Confused Words: Capital vs. Capitol

    Commonly Confused Words: Capital vs. Capitol

    While on vacation, have you ever had the capital idea to visit your nation’s capitol building and wander around the expansive hallways to see if any capital trials are being held there? If you are confused by the use of capital vs. capitol in that introductory sentence, you aren’t alone. Writers often transpose these simple…

  • Simile Definition 101: Bold as Brass and Sweeter Than Sugar

    Simile Definition 101: Bold as Brass and Sweeter Than Sugar

    I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, the home of State Farm Insurance. Living in the shadow of its worldwide headquarters made two impacts upon my life. First, my sisters and I were oddities because neither of our parents worked for State Farm. Second, I’ve had the State Farm jingle stuck in my head for roughly…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Adverse vs. Averse

    Commonly Confused Words: Adverse vs. Averse

    Although I got my undergraduate degree in English education, I am often averse to openly correcting people’s grammar. In the past, I have provoked adverse reactions from people who either didn’t realize that I was only trying to help or just didn’t care. So now I only make corrections when an error affects the meaning…

  • Gender-Neutral Language 101: Inclusive Writing for All Genders

    Gender-Neutral Language 101: Inclusive Writing for All Genders

    Gender-neutral language is quickly becoming the standard for professional and academic settings. It’s even making headway in everyday speech. However, we as a society are still in the early stages of this shift, and not everyone understands what it means or why it’s necessary. As a non-binary person, this topic is close to my heart.…