I asked fellow editors recently what usage rule they wanted to know more about or what rule they saw broken regularly. I received lots answers (thanks, all!), including this one: "Why is worth
preceded with a possessive noun or pronoun, as in two days' worth
Mignon Fogarty, better known as her alter ego Grammar Girl, has been sharing a series of short tips on usage and style. In her latest installment, she explains why the plural of the word ox
instead of oxes
One of the main functions of language is communication, and for this it no doubt helps to be as clear, concise and straightforward as one can possibly be. Clear and straightforward art
using language, however, is usually pretty boring.
When you visit your bank's website or enter a credit-card number, you've probably noticed that in the browser's address box, the URL begins with https
. The "S" stands for "secure," and the security technology your browser uses for that "S" represents one of the great inventions in the history of secrets. In this piece I'll walk you through some of the terms of that rich field.
Many of our excuses for not writing might sound convincing, if we don't think about them too much. But really, the only person we're hurting is ourselves. Check out this list and see if any of these excuses for not writing are ones you've ever used.
Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, has been sharing short tips on usage and style with us. Her latest tip looks at the evolution of affirmative interjections, from yea
in Old English to yeah
in contemporary English.
The world utterly forgot the Roman poet-philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus and his masterwork, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)
. Then in January 1417 an adventuresome papal secretary found a 500-year-old copy on a dusty shelf in a German monastery, and De Rerum
began a second illustrious life that continues, still blossoming, to this day.