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Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year

  Every year Oxford Dictionaries selects a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. The Oxford Dictionaries 2016 Word of the Year. POST-TRUTH: The Word of The Year – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting...

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Seven Common Comma Usages

 September 24 is National Punctuation Day.  There are so many comma rules, I thought I'd pay homage to punctuation by reviewing a few of the rules. Comma (,).  Use a comma to separate two complete sentences that make up a compound sentence. I am washing the dogs, and...

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Brexit: An addition to the English Lexicon

Has the recent reporting of European politics left you wondering about the origins of the word "Brexit"? Brexit is an addition to the ever- expanding English Lexicon. "Should I stay or should I go?" these words might evoke the tones of a 1981 punk rock hit The Clash....

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Subject-Verb Agreement

  Subject-verb agreement sounds easy, doesn't it? A singular subject takes a singular verb: Susan rides her bike to work every day. A plural subject takes a plural verb: The cars are moving slowly. Yet The Copyeditor's Handbook lists no fewer than 25 cases that...

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