Saturday, April 18, 2015

addicting/addictive: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Saturday, April 18, 2015

addicting/addictive
Do you find beer nuts addicting or addictive? “Addicting” is a perfectly legitimate word, but much less common than “addictive,” and some people will scowl at you if you use it.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

still in all/still and all: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday, April 17, 2015

still in all/still and all
The phrase “still and all” means something like “all things considered.” Now (“still”), after having taken all relevant facts into account. . . . So it’s not “still in all” but “still and all.”

 
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

drownding/drowning: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, April 16, 2015

drownding/drowning
Before you are drowned, you are “drowning,” without the extra D. Later, you have not “drownded.” You’ve “drowned.”



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

hangar/hanger: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

hangar/hanger
You park your plane in a hangar but hang up your slacks on a hanger.




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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

untracked/on track: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

untracked/on track
When things begin running smoothly and successfully, they get “on track.” Some people oddly substitute “untracked” for this expression, perhaps thinking that to be “tracked” is to be stuck in a rut.


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Monday, April 13, 2015

shear/sheer: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, April 13, 2015

shear/sheer
You can cut through cloth with a pair of shears, but if the cloth is translucent it’s sheer. People who write about a “shear blouse” do so out of sheer ignorance.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

jam/jamb: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, April 12, 2015

jam/jamb
The only common use for the word “jamb” is to label the vertical part of the frame of a door or window. It comes from the French word for “leg”; think of the two side pieces of the frame as legs on either side of the opening. For all other uses, it’s “jam”: stuck in a jam, traffic jam, logjam, jam session, etc.


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