Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week It's Le Podcast Hot + complementary/complimentary + A new blog post by Paul Brians

When paying someone a compliment like “I love what you’ve done with the kitchen!” you’re being complimentary. A free bonus item is also a complimentary gift. But items or people that go well with each other are complementary.

In geometry, complementary angles add up to 90°, whereas supplementary ones add up to 180°.


This week on the podcast, hot is the word. Also Paul Brians’ latest blog post discusses an interesting misspelling.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This Week: unchartered/uncharted + an opportunity to catch up on the podcast!

“Unchartered” means “lacking a charter,” and is a word most people have little use for. “Uncharted” means “unmapped” or “unexplored,” so the expression meaning “to explore a new subject or area” is “enter uncharted territory.” Similarly, it’s uncharted regions, waters, and paths.

No new podcast episode this week. Here's your chance to l
ook through the archives and catch up!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This Week: On the podcast, Commonly Confused Words, the PC Edition + cut and paste/copy and paste

cut and paste/copy and paste
Because “cut and paste” is a familiar phrase, many people say it when they mean “copy and paste” in a computer context. This can lead to disastrous results if followed literally by an inexpert person. If you mean to tell someone to duplicate something rather than move it, say “copy.” And when you are moving bits of computer information from one place to another, the safest sequence is often to copy the original, paste the copy elsewhere, and only then delete (cut) the original.


This week on the podcast we discuss commonly confused words (the PC edition).

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This Week: On the podcast, More Commonly Confused Words + footnotes/endnotes

About the time that computers began to make the creation and printing of footnotes extremely simple and cheap, style manuals began to urge a shift away from them to endnotes printed at the ends of chapters or at the end of a book or paper rather than at the foot of the page. I happen to think this was a big mistake; but in any case, if you are using endnotes, don’t call them “footnotes.”


This week on the podcast we discuss more commonly confused words.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This Week: On the podcast, Swell (and other Fabulous Words) + emergent/emergency

The error of considering “emergent” to be the adjectival form of “emergency” is common only in medical writing, but it is becoming widespread. “Emergent” properly means “emerging” and normally refers to events that are just beginning—barely noticeable rather than catastrophic. “Emergency” is an adjective as well as a noun, so rather than writing “emergent care,” use the homely “emergency care.”

This week on the podcast we discuss “swell” (and other fabulous words).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This Week: On the podcast, Trump, the name + aisle/isle

An aisle is a narrow passageway, especially in a church or store; an isle is an island. Propose to the person you’re stranded on a desert isle with and maybe you’ll march down the aisle together after you’re rescued.


This week on the podcast we discuss Trump, the name.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Week: On the podcast, the names of the nominated + face the piper/pay the piper, face the music

face the piper/pay the piper, face the music  
When it comes time to accept the consequences of your actions you may have to pay the piper or face the music, but you don’t have to “face the piper.”


This week on the podcast we discuss the names of the nominated.