Tag: English language

  • Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    Commonly Confused Words: Jibe vs. Jive

    When I watched “Grease” for the first time, I fell in love with the music and wanted to stand up and dance when “Born to Hand Jive” came on. That was my first experience with the word jive, and I had no idea what the word meant. Now I do, and I want to share it…

  • Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Commonly Confused Words: Its vs. It’s and Its’

    Its vs. it’s and its’ … sounds confusing right? It’s not! If there is one absolute in life, it is this: The English language is ridiculous. The guidelines often seem so arbitrarily set that I have no doubt that grammar trolls designed the rulebooks with the sole intention of tripping us up. I picture them…

  • What Are Irregular Verbs?

    What Are Irregular Verbs?

    There is an old Japanese saying that goes something like this: “A nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Sure, there are advantages to being normal or regular. Regular verbs in English are relatively easy to form in different tenses. Being irregular isn’t so bad, though. In fact, irregular verbs show just how diverse the…

  • Being a Grammar Snob Can Cost You Friends

    Being a Grammar Snob Can Cost You Friends

    I’ll openly admit that ever since I started writing, proofreading and editing for a living, I’ve become more critical of mistakes I see in another person’s writing. Call it a working hazard. Not too long ago, I gladly bore the title of “grammar snob,” but recently, I’ve come to realize that gently pointing out the…

  • Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    If you’re like me, you often feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day. There’s never any time to play video games or exercise. There’s no time to study or to get into Stanford. You, me, Jessie Spano — we’ll take any shortcuts we can get if it means regaining just a few precious moments of…

  • The Etymology of Thanksgiving Terms

    The Etymology of Thanksgiving Terms

    Have you ever wondered where certain Thanksgiving terms originated from? Working as a professional writer has made me curious about where the English language came from, so I decided to geek out and study the origins of some words commonly used during this Thanksgiving holiday season. List of Thanksgiving Terms and Their Origins Before we…

  • 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.…