Knowledge - Grammar / Spelling

Ever gotten called out for the difference between you’re and your? We’ve all been there–and we don’t ever want to go back. These insightful and interesting grammar articles will turn you into a word whiz quicker than you can blame autocorrect for your grammar faux pas.

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    12 Overused Words That Make You Sound Boring

    And some snappy alternatives!

    15 Mnemonic Devices That’ll Help You Remember Just About Anything

    "Thirty days hath September" is so last year. Check out these other clever, helpful mnemonic devices to help you remember...

    Where Does the Term “Whistleblower” Come from, Anyway?

    There's lots of noise and confusion in the world of government and politics today. Here's one less thing you need...

    Is “Funner” a Word? Let’s Settle the Debate

    Why don't we like to put an "-er" on the end of "fun," the way we do with other one-syllable...

    Travelled vs. Traveled: Which Is Correct?

    Writing that out-of-office email and trying to decide on the correct spelling of traveling vs. travelling? Here's when to use...

    13 Funniest Words Added to the Dictionary in the Last Decade

    From scrumdiddlyumptious to schmoozefest, these newly minted words reflect our culture and our sometimes hilarious use of language.

    Misplaced Modifiers: The Grammar Mistake You Didn’t Know You Were Making

    Why are misplaced modifiers such a common grammatical error? Plus, what's the difference between a misplaced modifier and a dangling...

    How to Say “Hello” in 17 Different Languages

    For World Hello Day, learn how to greet someone in Spanish, French, Japanese, and many more widely spoken languages.

    This Is Why Americans Say “Fall” Instead of “Autumn”

    Both are interchangeable, but there's a clear preference in America.

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    Why Do People Say “Pardon My French” When They Swear?

    No, having a colorful vocabulary doesn't make you bilingual or a Francophile!

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    Grammar Rules You Still Have to Follow on Social Media

    It's time to clean up our social media posts, friends. Grammar mistakes, spelling errors, misinterpreted tone, and etiquette issues can...

    These Are the Only Ways You Should Be Using a Semicolon

    The semicolon is the comma's first cousin, but it works a little bit harder; it also makes you look smarter.

    10 Halloween Costumes That Have Been Banned From Schools

    Halloween costumes have changed in the last decade, with colleges and middle and grammar schools advising which costumes can—and can't—be...

    Here’s How to Correctly Use an En Dash

    It has a couple specific uses.

    The Right Way to Use Lay vs. Lie

    How can three little letters cause so much confusion?!

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    10 Noises Your Cat Makes—And What They All Mean

    When we think about noises that cats make, three different sounds generally come to mind: meows, purrs, and hisses. However,...

    12 Little-Known Punctuation Marks More People Should Be Using

    Why risk boring your friends and followers with a mere period at the end of your texts, posts, and emails?...

    The 20 Most Confusing Rules in the Grammar World

    The English language can be seriously perplexing. These 20 rules even boggle the minds of grammarians. Find out which ones...

    12 Separate Words Everyone Combines into One—But Shouldn’t

    Some words are said together so often that many people think they're a single word—but they're not. Or at least...

    13 Obscure Scrabble Rules Serious Players Need to Know

    If you want to up your game and start thinking—and playing!—like a tournament player, make sure you're familiar with these...

    10 Funny Typos in Famous Works of Literature

    Even grammar sticklers should be able to forgive the editors for these notorious (and often hilarious) goofs.

    Here’s Exactly How to Pluralize a Word Ending in S

    And what do you do when it's possessive?!

    Here’s Where Your Favorite Animal-Related Sayings Come from

    You'll be happy as a clam once you know the origins of these animal-themed phrases we humans use all the...

    Why Don’t Americans and Brits Have the Same Accents?

    The British founded America’s original thirteen colonies, so we should be speaking in the same dialect. Right?

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    The iPhone Keyboard Tricks Grammar Nerds Will Appreciate

    It's a simple move, but few people even know it exists.

    Here’s What Happens When You Read Every Day

    A daily dose of reading can do wonders for your memory, health, and relationships.

    41 Little Grammar Rules to Follow to Sound Smarter

    C'mon: Make your high school English teachers proud.