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I'm working on a project for the Northern Territory Department of Education which includes a large volume of online learning media. This media is publicly accessible at:…Continue
The news media reported that "Angelina Jolie had "gifted" Brad Pitt a $30,000 Tiffany watch for father's day".Do you think it is correct to use gifted in that context?What other words might have been…Continue
It sounds like a medical term, or the name of a South African cactus plant, but it describes words in English whose spoken sound is the same as the actual sound. For example, the words "buzz", "hum",…Continue
Tautology is a complicated term that means saying the same thing twice. It's considered bad use of language.
Unfortunately, however, there are numbers of word pairs that are tautologies that have crept into common use. Here are some examples:…Continue
Sometimes when I interact with US sites I'm confused by what date is being referred to.
The USA has a habit of placing the month before the day so that 4/3 is April 3rd. But in Australia and almost everywhere else in the world I have travelled, the month is written before the day eg, 3/4 or 3rd April. Thus, I'm never sure whether the date is 4th March or 3rd April in US format.
This is only a problem of course when one of the numerals is less…Continue
Over the last few years I have noticed a change in English usage of words that are both singular and plural.
Much of the change, I think, is brought about by people whose first language is not English. Let me explain.
There are many English words that are both singular and plural. However, plurality is now being assigned to these words by the addition of an "s".
For example, I often read an article that includes the word "accommodations" which is written as a plural.…Continue