The Differences Between Dashes

My editor gave me a note to help me understand the differences between types of dashes when working on my book (see the original here): Figure dash “-“ En-dash “–“ Em-dash “—“ When to use each: Between numbers not indicating a range. e.g. phone numbers (867-5309). Between numbers in a range. e.g. integers from 1–10… Continue Reading >

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Alphabetical Alphabet

Neil deGrasse Tyson on if the alphabet was organized phonetically… Continue Reading >

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Latin Phrases to Sound Smarter

Sure, you could say these things in English, but you’ll sound much smarter when you say them in Latin. Vescere bracis meis – Eat my shorts. Ut humiliter opinor – In my humble opinion Di! Ecce hora! – God, look at the time! Quid agis, medice? – What’s up, Doc? Me transmitte sursum, caledoni –… Continue Reading >

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27 Collective Nouns for People

A variety of collective nouns for people: professions, classes and types. A banner of knights. A bench of Bishops. A disworship of Scots. A draught of butlers. A drunkenship of cobblers. A field of runners. A hastiness of cooks. A neverthriving of jugglers. A nucleus of physicists. A pantheon of gods. A peloton of cyclists… Continue Reading >

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10 Misunderstood Phrases from Reddit

Someone started a great thread over on reddit about words that people mispronounce. In that discussion some funny misunderstood phrases broke out: For all intensive purposes… (“All intents and purposes”) She cut off her nose to spider-face. (“To spite her face”) It’s a doggy dog world. (“Dog eat dog world”) It’s a moo point. (“A… Continue Reading >

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