Tag: spelling

Keeping up with the various spellings of Jones

Keeping up with the Jones cartoon

You know that idiom that refers to comparing yourself to your neighbours as a benchmark for social class or material wealth? Whereby failure to ‘keep up’ with their practices or possessions is perceived as evidence of socio-economic or cultural inferiority.

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It’s or its? It’s not complicated

IT'S is not the same as ITS

What are your pet grammar peeves? Which grammar mistakes set your teeth on edge? Is it the misuse of apostrophes for plurals? Perhaps the incorrect your/you’re or their/there/they’re? Maybe it’s dangling modifiers or stray semicolons that get your goat. Top of my

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The remarkable difference the humble hyphen makes

The hyphen may be small, but its presence – or absence – in a word can make an enormous difference to the meaning. The English language includes several instances of words where the decision to add or leave out a

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