Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Week: The podcast is totally cool + visually impaired

visually impaired 
Many people mistakenly suppose that “visually impaired” is a more polite term than “blind.” But the distinction between these two is simpler: a person without eyesight is blind; a person with vision problems stopping short of total or legal blindness is visually impaired. 

On the podcast this week, Paul Brians talks about the word cool.

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).