Tag Archive: Word Usage

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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Aug 25

Rules Of Grammar: Continual vs. Continuous

Continual and continuous are words have closely related meanings. However, the meanings are not exactly identical. Continual describes a situation that is constant, but is occasionally interrupted. However, continuous describes a series of events that is constant and uninterrupted.

Aug 02

I Love Steno Trivia Tuesday

QUESTION: What two words are combined to create the portmanteau word, “endorphin”? Answer: endogenous and morphine. Endogenous is defined as follows: “(1) Growing or produced by growth from deep tissue. (2) Caused by factors inside the organism or system. (3) Produced or synthesized within the organism or system.” Morphine is “A bitter crystalline addictive narcotic …

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Aug 02

Rules Of Grammar: What Are Portmanteau Words?

Portmanteau words are words that combine the pronunciations and meanings of two words. Examples: smog= smoke + fog Brexit= Britain + exit newscast= news + broadcast docudrama= documentary + drama sitcom= situational + comedy affluenza= affluence + influenza camcorder= camera + recorder neither= not + either irregardless= irrespective + regardless

Dec 02

Rules Of Grammar: Talking To vs. Talking With

To say that you are “talking to” someone denotes a soliloquy; whereas saying that you are “talking with” someone denotes colloquy. Using the preposition “to” in the aforementioned scenario expresses that you did most of the talking. To use the preposition “with” in the aforementioned scenario expresses that the conversation was on an equal footing …

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Dec 02

Rules Of Grammar: In vs. Into

The preposition “in” is used to represent an action within a certain area. The preposition “into” is used to express a motion towards an area from outside of that area. For example: The boys swam in the lake. (This would denote that the boys were already in the lake.) The girls dove into the lake.

Oct 20

Rules Of Grammar: Metaphrase vs. Paraphrase

Metaphrase is defined as: “A literal, word-for-word translation.” A paraphrase is defined as: “A rewording of something written or spoken by someone else.”

Oct 19

Rules Of Grammar: Good vs. Well

“Good” is an adjective. As an adjective, “good” only modifies nouns and pronouns. “Well” is an adverb. As an adverb, “well” modifies verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.” Examples: I scored well on my steno test. The new car runs well.

Apr 21

Rules Of Grammar: Preventive vs. Preventative

According to WritingExplained.org, “preventive” and “preventative” are interchangeable. They can both be used as a noun or an adjective. The words both “refer to things that prevent, hinder, or act as obstacles.” WritingExplained.org further explains that between the two word choices, internationally, “preventive” is the preferred choice; being used approximately eight times more than “preventative.” …

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Dec 04

Rules Of Grammar: Check-In vs. Check In

According to Grammarist: “Check-in is hyphenated when it’s a noun (e.g., I was early for check-in) or an adjective (I walked up to the check-in counter). It’s two words, unhyphenated, when it functions as a verb (I walked up to the counter to check in).

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