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Expand Your Vocabulary With These New Words From Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster just added another 640 words to its dictionary, which is always an exciting moment for grammar stans everywhere who can’t wait to dive in to see what made the cut.Read more...
Tags: Communication, Language, Grammar, Words, Lifehacks, Dictionary, Merriam Webster, Vocabulary

Come on, drink it! (says the hippo)

I spotted this new bubble milk tea shop recently: The name is 喝嘛 , which is just the verb 喝 meaning “to drink,” combined with the particle 嘛 , used to “express the self-evident.” This is a command, though. How does a command “express the self-evident?” To a native speaker, the feeling of the two usages is connected, but here the word 嘛 adds the feeling of a somewhat whiny, “come on, do it….” In fact, that phrase “come on” (used when persuading) could be translated 来嘛 . So ...
Tags: Marketing, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Puns

"In Washington, she hasn’t done much—let’s be honest, who in the Senate has in recent years?"

"She introduced a few bills: one, with Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, to study reforming the cash-bail system; another, with 13 Democratic colleagues, to begin addressing the high mortality rates black women face in childbirth. She also introduced, with fellow Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker and Republican Tim Scott, a bill to make lynching a hate crime. This last one was classic Harris: tough on crime, seemingly progressive, entirely risk-free. It passed the Senate unanimously."Fr...
Tags: Law, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, Atlantic, Grammar, Rand Paul, Kamala Harris, Trump, Democratic Party, HARRIS, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Elizabeth Weil, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics

Nancy Pelosi's grammar mistake is telling: "Whomever falls into that net, falls into that net."

I'm reading the front-page WaPo article "House Democrats torn over how aggressively to scrutinize Ivanka Trump, president’s other children."Presidential children rarely draw the scrutiny of congressional investigators, but Trump’s adult children fill unique roles in his administration, with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, carrying the title of senior advisers to the president while being heavily involved in policy decisions and Capitol Hill negotiations on criminal justice, the Midd...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, House, Grammar, Middle East, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Jared, Trump, Calif, WaPo, Pelosi, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Ann Althouse, Jared Kushner

Find Examples of Word Use With This Web App

A thesaurus is a fruitful tool when you use it befittingly. If you fathom what you’re performing, a thesaurus patronizes you find the merited word for your specific ballgame. But if you ply synonyms without kenning their shadinesses of gist, you will look really speechless. You need to apprehend each word you utilize,…Read more...
Tags: Writing, Grammar, Webapps, Writing Tools, English, Words, Lifehacks, Dictionary, Thesaurus

You Can Start a Sentence With 'And' 'But' or 'Or'

When I was growing up, English teachers drove a specific rule into our developing writer brains: Do not start a sentence with a conjunction. Read more...
Tags: Writing, Grammar, Lifehacks, Rules

Google’s new AI grammar checker is now live in Google Docs

Google today announced that its new machine learning-powered grammar checker is now live in Google Docs for G Suite users. The company first introduced this new feature at Cloud Next 2018, but it lingered in early access ever since. Grammar checkers are nothing new, of course, and even Docs itself has long had one. What’s new here is that Google uses machine translation techniques to find obvious mistakes (see headline) as well as more subtle issues. It’s one thing, after all, to compare words i...
Tags: Google, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Grammar, Google-docs, G Suite, Vishnu Sivaji, Google Docs for G Suite

Google’s new AI grammar checker are now live in Google Docs

Google today announced that its new machine learning-powered grammar checker is now live in Google Docs. The company first introduced this new feature at Cloud Next 2018, but it lingered in early access ever since. Grammar checkers are nothing new, of course, and even Docs itself has long had one. What’s new here is that Google uses machine translation techniques to find obvious mistakes (see headline) as well as more subtle issues. It’s one thing, after all, to compare words in a dictionary to ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Grammar, Google-docs, Vishnu Sivaji

A little help with Polish prepositions

Learning the Polish Prepositions is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Polish language! Prepositions are usually associated with location or with direction and verbs of motion. In Polish most preposition are used in the same way as with English. However, there are some important differences, for example with reference to sky and sea. In English we say ‘the sun in the sky’, in Polish it’s the ‘sun...
Tags: Communication, Grammar, Linguistics, Phrases

How Words Become Weapons, and Wimps

Language has been neutralized when it should state the obvious.
Tags: News, United States, Grammar, Howard Schultz, Cheney, Orwell, Dick, Trump, Peter, George, Buttigieg, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Language and Languages

Profile: Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer

Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And there are cretins everywhere he looks.
Tags: News, Grammar, Benjamin, Dreyer, Books and Literature, Book Trade and Publishing, Writing and Writers, Benjamin Dreyer

"His book is in love with the toothsomeness of language... 'Hyphenated vulgarities,' such as blow-job, 'are comically dainty'..."

"... Dreyer says. Novels can 'shimmy.' Parentheses have elbows. The author’s delight in his tool kit is palpable, as when he enthuses about ending a sentence shaped like a question with a period rather than a question mark. ('It makes a statement, doesn’t it.') Defending the semicolon, Dreyer quotes at length the opening of 'The Haunting of Hill House,' by Shirley Jackson, breathlessly celebrating the passage’s 'tightly woven, almost claustrophobic ideas . . . a paragraph that grabs you by the h...
Tags: Writing, Law, Grammar, Dreyer, Shirley Jackson, Hill House, Ann Althouse, Katy Waldman, Benjamin Dreyer

Describing States of the Body in Russian

You might have noticed that, to talk about physical sensations or afflictions in Russian, you often use an impersonal construction, where the person not feeling well is technically not the subject of the sentence. Here are some of the most common patterns for these sayings. Image via Pixabay Dative noun + predicative expression First, what’s a predicative expression? In Russian, they are often called specifically слова́ состоя́ния (“words of condition”) and describe how something or someone ...
Tags: Health, Grammar, Linguistics, Disease, Vocabulary

Most ridiculous Google intrusion ever.

I was Googling that after reading the comments on "Podcaster Joe Rogan and NYT writer Bari Weiss talk about the Covington Catholic school boys." Walter wrote:Oh look: A Saturday Night Live comedy writer responded to the media’s false story about the Covington High kids by offering oral sex to anyone who punches them in the face.“I will blow whoever manages to punch that MAGA kid in the face,” tweeted Sarah Beattie.I wanted to check to see if she really wrote that. But I'm distracted from any out...
Tags: Google, Writing, Law, Sex, Grammar, Snl, Walter, Joe Rogan, Covington High, Ann Althouse, Maga, Sarah Beattie, Bari Weiss, Covington Catholic, Walter (the Commenter

Beware! The Real Estate Grammar Police Is Watching! ;)

If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
Tags: Real Estate, Funny, Fail, Ad, Fun, Radio, Grammar, Just For Fun, Spelling, TYPO, Typos

Is Google programmed to teach us not to write "Democrat Party"?!

In a post earlier this morning, I noticed the congressional Democrats have something called "New Democrat Coalition" and wondered why they accepted using "Democrat" like that when they adamantly oppose "Democrat Party." It's a coalition of Democrats, so Democrat Coalition is fine grammatically. You can use a noun as an adjective when it makes sense. It's the Optimist Club, not the Optimistic Club. Why rankle at "Democrat Party"? And why think you're insulting them by calling it the "Democrat Par...
Tags: Google, Law, Israel, Grammar, Republican Party, Rats, Spelling, Democratic Party, Democrat Party, Hertzberg, Ann Althouse, Optimist Club, Hendrik Hertzberg, New Democrat Coalition, Mesquito, Democrat Coalition

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Old English

What does a language lose as it changes?
Tags: News, Grammar, Poetry and Poets, Middle Ages (Historical Period, Beowulf (Book

I'm trying to read "Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging"...

... which went up 3 hours ago at Axios. The bottom line: Unlike most others, who pretended to leave on fine terms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bailed with a sharp, specific, stinging rebuke of Trump and his America-first worldview....It was a historic letter and a historic moment capping a historic day, one you could easily see filling a full chapter of future books on the Trump presidency. The wheels felt like they were coming off the White House before Mattis quit. • The spiral began Wednesda...
Tags: Law, White House, Defense, America, Syria, Metaphor, Afghanistan, Grammar, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military

The Intermediate Chinese Grammar Wiki Book is out!

The Intermediate Chinese Grammar Wiki Book is available: in print (on Amazon)as a Kindle ebookas an iBooks ebook It’s really been a ton of work editing, rewriting, and reworking all kinds of intermediate grammar points for the new book. The result, however, is both a solid book and better wiki content. If you want to support the wiki, please buy the book! (If you don’t need another stack of paper, I highly recommend the ebook. The instant search alone is really great.) Special than...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, George R R Martin, AllSet Learning, Chen Shishuang, Li Jiong, Ma Lihua, Jake Liu, Benedikt Rauh, Anneke Garcia

"Abigail was right to be confused. Under her state’s law, what Grant did was not technically illegal..."

"... even though he later admitted that he knew Abigail wasn’t consenting to sex with him. That’s because in Indiana, sex only becomes rape when it’s compelled through force or threats, if the victim is mentally disabled and can’t properly consent, or if he or she is unaware that the sex is occurring. Abigail knew she was having sex. She just didn’t know it was with Grant.... When you have sex with someone, are you agreeing to sleep with just the physical entity before you? Or is it something bi...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Lying, Grammar, Rape, Grant, Abigail, Ann Althouse

New York stories: This Grammar Guru Will Solve the World’s Problems

Or, at least, help you figure out when to use an Oxford comma.
Tags: New York, News, Grammar, Ellen, Manhattan (NYC, Jovin

"I’m so upset, I feel physically ill. Just the ugliness of it all. It’s so heartbreaking that all we can do is bring each other down and cut into each other. I feel like I’m going to cry."

Said Marsha Newman, a 66-year old school counselor in Chapmanville, W.Va., quoted in "These Americans Are Done With Politics/The Exhausted Majority needs a break" (NYT). According to the article, a study by a "nonpartisan organization" found two thirds of "a representative group of 8,000 Americans" to fall into a category labeled "Exhausted Majority."“It feels very lonely out here,” said Jamie McDaniel, a 36-year-old home health care worker in Topeka, Kan., one of several people in the study who...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, Grammar, Democrat, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Bell, Trump, Democratic Party, Topeka, Damon, Ann Althouse, CHAPMANVILLE W Va, Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic Party in Trumpland

"As a queer, trans, disabled person who goes by they/them, I'm this SJW snowflake. I don’t want to sit down with cops. The Christian right is making strange bedfellows right now."

Said Dakota Bracciale, the owner of Catland, quoted in "Inside the Brooklyn Witches’ Antifa Hex on Kavanaugh/Despite protests, the Brooklyn antifa witches’ hex on Brett Kavanaugh went on. Both vengeful hate and intense love filled the event" (The Daily Beast).Bracciale — "who goes by they/them" but calls themself "I" — made "strange bedfellows" with the police to arrange for security during Catland's planned event purporting to call violence down upon Brett Kavanaugh.Catland is a Brooklyn shop t...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Law, Police, Wikipedia, Brooklyn, Commerce, Grammar, Stupid, The Future, Shakespeare, Catholics, Astrology, Misc, Witchcraft, Kavanaugh

7 brilliant Japanese words we need in English

English is a phenomenal language, but there are circumstances where words seem to fail us.Often, other languages have already found a solution to expressing the complicated ideas that can't be succinctly conveyed in English.If you've ever wanted to describe the anguish of a bad haircut, the pleasure of walking in the woods, or the satisfaction of finding your life's purpose, read on. None Don't get me wrong. The English language has some very excellent words. There's petrichor, the pleasant smel...
Tags: Work, Asia, Japan, Scotland, Language, Grammar, Innovation, Philosophy, Speech, Environmental Protection Agency, Pearl Harbor, Spoken word, Don, Shetland, Merriam, Ikigai

Deciphering “skr” Slang

So there’s this word “skr” being used a lot in China these days, mainly by Chinese kids online. As with any popular internet slang, however, it has found its way into real-world marketing materials. Here’s a usage I spotted the other day in Shanghai: So the part we’re focused on here is: 省skr人 Which means, essentially: 省死个人 This could be restated as: (人)可以省很多钱 If you’re trying to make sense of “skr,” it’s usually used to replace 是个 or 死个 (normally it should be the intensifying ...
Tags: China, Advertising, Language, Grammar, Shanghai, Linguistics, WeChat, Slang

"Advise and consent" or "advice and consent"?

Which is it? I'm hearing "advice and consent" — the nouns — but I write "advise and consent" — the verbs. I prefer the sound of "the Senate's advise-and-consent role" (which I wrote here and here). Kavanaugh, testifying, told the Senators, "You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with search and destroy." He said "advice," even at the cost of losing parallelism. "Search and destroy" are verbs. If nouns and not verbs are called for, he should have said "You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ...
Tags: Utah, Books, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Senate, Wikipedia, Grammar, University Of Chicago, South Carolina, Anderson, Morton, State, Soviet Union, Munson, Kavanaugh

So I made a screencast…

I’m in the middle of the 7-day Chinese National Day ( 国庆节 ) holiday, and I’m in the office getting some work done. I decided a while ago that it would be useful to make some videos (and I did make one), but I didn’t want the hassle of video editing (or managing video editing) on a regular basis. Turns out screencasts are really easy to do once you get them all set up! So I’m doing a series of screencasts about the Chinese Grammar Wiki, and this first one explains how you can make use of keywords...
Tags: Video, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, AllSet Learning

When the Teacher Strikes Back

I came across this image on WeChat: The original image was written in traditional characters. Here’s a simplified Chinese transcript: 学生:老师你教的都 是没有用的东西 。 老师:我不许你这样 说自己 。 Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it at first. Some native speakers even take a second to figure out what happened. This is a case of syntactic ambiguity. You can interpret the first statement in two ways, and it’s all because the verb 教 , meaning “to teach,” can take two objects: who is being taught (what we think of a...
Tags: Funny, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Ambiguity

Does Tool Exist to Spellcheck/Grammarcheck by Category?

I was wondering if anyone has come across anything like this in their travels? If so, please let me know. To my knowledge, most tools allow you to check and replace on a one-by-one basis. They don't give you an easy way to see all spelling/grammar errors on a document-wide level. What I Envision Sample Input: Quote: This is the 1st erro. My names is tex. second, this is a diferent error. And this is a 2nd erro. i converted 2 diferent dollars to erros when I ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Workshop, Grammar, Sigil, Capitalization

Grammarly now saves you from embarrassing mistakes in Google Docs, too

Grammarly now supports Google Docs. Over the course of the last few years, Grammarly has made a name for itself as one of the better grammar and spelling checkers on the market. As a Chrome extension, it neatly integrates with virtually every major online tool and social media site, but until now, Google Docs remained a blind spot. Because of its real-time collaboration features, the Google Docs editor isn’t just a straight-up text field, after all, so the Grammarly team had to do a bit of...
Tags: Google, Chrome Extension, Startups, TC, Grammar, Google Docs, Grammarly