Category Archive: Grammar

Oct 10

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday: The Word With The Most Definitions

QUESTION: What English word has the most definitions. ANSWER: Set. According to the Guinness World Records, the word “set” has 430 different meanings. Guinness World Records also states this concerning the word “set”: “The word commands the longest entry in the dictionary at 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters.”

Sep 12

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday: The Shortest Sentence

QUESTION: What is the shortest complete sentence in the English language? ANSWER: I am.

Jul 25

Rules Of Grammar: Hew vs. Hue

Hew is defined as: “To make and shape with blows of an ax.” Hue is defined as: “The particular shade of a color; that in which one color or shade differs from another.” Machine Briefs: hue= HAOU hew= HAO*U

Jul 25

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday: The Septet Homophone

QUESTION: What is the one septet of homophones in the English language? ANSWER: raise, rays, raze (to completely destroy), rase (to erase), rehs (mixtures of salts found in India), res (steps on the musical scale), reis (a currency unit in Brazil and Portugal).

Feb 06

Rules Of Grammar: Commonly Misspelled Words

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Dec 21

The Evolution Of The Comma

“The comma at first looked just like the number seven, then slowly evolved into a slash mark or virgule, and, eventually, was altered into its present form.”-From, “the Grammar Bible” By: Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas

Dec 01

Rules Of Grammar: Commonly Misspelled Words

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Oct 19

Rules Of Grammar: Tortuous vs. Torturous

Tortuous is defined as followed: “(1) Full of twists and turns. (2) Excessively lengthy and complex.” Torturous is defined as follows: “Characterized by, involving, or causing excruciating pain or suffering.”

Oct 14

Rules Of Grammar: Temblor vs. Trembler

Is an earthquake a temblor or a trembler? It depends on the source you site. According to The Grammar Bible, a temblor is an earthquake and the word “trembler” refers to one who trembles; as in a person who shakes due to excitement or anxiety. However, a Google search has revealed that there are word …

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Sep 07

Rules Of Grammar: Amend vs. Emend

Amend is defined as follows: “(1) To change some of the words and often the meaning of a law, document, etc. (2) To change and improve something, such as a mistake or bad situation.” Emend is defined as follows: “To correct errors in something written.” Machine Briefs: OPTION #1: amend= MAEND OPTION #2: amend= A/MEND …

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