Category : Spelling

10:28 am , February 1, 2012 0

I have been running into loose to mean lose a lot lately. But loose and lose are not the same thing. Loose often is used as an adjective to mean “not rigidly fastened” or “not tight-fitting.” Lose (when confused with loose) often is a verb meaning “to miss” or “to suffer deprivation.” When determining which word to use, I start with lose then consider […]

8:07 am , November 21, 2011 0
Posted in: Quotations, Spelling

“It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” —Andrew Jackson

8:46 am , November 18, 2011 0

Merriam-Webster lists fund-raising as a hyphenated word without an accepted alternate spelling. Perhaps the reason for this is the word fund describes the type of raising. However, fund-raising often acts as a noun (along with fund-raiser), and the words fund and raising are generally accepted enough that I think it’s time to drop the hyphen. This would leave us with a […]

9:34 am , November 14, 2011 0

Like Madonna of the early 1990s, we never know how the American English language will evolve. American English (which, for simplicity’s sake, I will refer to as English from now on) dates back to the early British Pilgrims who first set foot on North American soil in 1620.1 The idea is that the new Americans […]

10:02 am , November 11, 2011 0
Posted in: History, Spelling

Perhaps it’s the obvious post to publish on such a day, but I’m going to tackle it anyway. What was known as Armistice Day on November 11 is now called Veterans Day. Most calendars publish the name of this day with some form of an apostrophe, i.e., Veterans’ Day or Veteran’s Day. Which of the three spellings […]

10:53 pm , October 8, 2011 3

In 2010, when the Associated Press (AP) changed its preferred usage of Web site from a capitalized, open compound to website, a lowercase, closed compound, it created quite a stir in the grammar community. Some sticklers prefer to use Web site as the word characterizes a site on the World Wide Web (which remains capitalized as […]