Saturday, January 17, 2015

alliterate/illiterate: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pairs of words with the same initial sound alliterate, like “wild and wooly.” Those who can’t read are illiterate.


Today is the birthday of Ben Franklin (1706)—here is a cartoon from the 2006 edition of the calendar to mark the occasion.

This is the ten-year anniversary of the Common Errors in English Usage calendar. To celebrate, we are bringing back some of our favorite interesting, funny, but sometimes merely silly entries through the years before going on hiatus in 2016.

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