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PPS | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington State ...

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May 30, 2016 - When they wanted to add something else after the postscript, it was labelled “PPS” for “post postscript.” But many people trying to follow this ...

Medieval Love Songs | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Although modern Western ideas about romantic love owe a certain amount to the classical Greek and Roman past, they were filtered through ...

Islams | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 24, 2016 - Followers of Islam are called “Muslims,” not “Islams.” Muslim is now widely preferred over the older and less phonetically accurate Moslem.

Love Poems from the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt | Common Errors ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - These poems are taken from John L. Foster: Love Songs of the New Kingdom (New York: Scribner, 1974). However, other editions are available. Barbara Hughes Fowler: Love Lyrics of Ancient Egypt (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994). Ezra Pound and Noel Stock: Love Poems of ...

quotation marks | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 19, 2016 - There are many ways to go wrong with quotation marks. ... that the writer has not bothered to find the precise word or expression necessary.

Classic Chinese and Japanese Love Poetry | Common Errors in ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - The vast majority of early love poetry written by women laments absent lovers. What do you think this says about women's status and role in ...

Classical Love Poetry | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - The Poems of Propertius . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963. Kate Farrell: Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry.

Classical Love Poetry | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Kate Farrell: Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry. New York: Bulfinch Press, 1990. Lind, L. R., ed. Latin Poetry in Verse ...

Love Poems from the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt | Common Errors ...

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Oct 17, 2016 - These poems are taken from John L. Foster: Love Songs of the New Kingdom ( New York: Scribner, 1974). However, other editions are ...

Afghan / Afghani | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - The citizens of Afghanistan are Afghans. Similarly, it's Afghan food, Afghan politics, and Afghan afghans. The only time to use “Afghani” is in ...

affect / effect | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - There are five distinct words here. When “affect” is accented on the final syllable ( a-FECT), it is usually a verb meaning “have an influence on”: ...

peak / peek / pique | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - It is tempting to think that your attention might be aroused to a high point by “peaking” your curiosity; but in fact, “pique” is a French word meaning “prick,” in the sense of “stimulate.” The expression has nothing to do with “peek,” either. Therefore the expression is “my curiosity was piqued.” An amazing ...

affect / effect | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - There are five distinct words here. When “affect” is accented on the final syllable (a-FECT), it is usually a verb meaning “have an influence on”: ...

ambiguous / ambivalent | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - Even though the prefix “ambi-” means “both,” “ambiguous” has come to mean “ unclear,” “undefined,” while “ambivalent” means “torn between ...

later / latter | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 19, 2016 - Except in the expression “latter-day” (modern), the word “latter” usually refers back to the last-mentioned of a set of alternatives. “We gave the kids a choice of a vacation in Paris, Rome, or Disney World. Of course the latter was their choice.” In other contexts not referring back to such a list, the word you want ...

layed / laid | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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layed / laid | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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Although “layed” is an extremely popular variant spelling of the past tense of transitive “lay,” “laid” is the traditional spelling in all contexts. If your boss decides to lay you off, you are laid off. The hen laid an egg. You laid down the law.

acapella, a capella | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - acapella, a capella. May 16, 2016 yanira.vargas. In referring to singing unaccompanied by instruments, the traditional spelling is the Italian one, a cappella: two words, two Ps, two Ls. The Latin spelling a capella is learned, but in the realm of musical terminology, we usually stick with Italian.

assure / ensure / insure | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 17, 2016 - To “assure” a person of something is to make him or her confident of it. According to Associated Press style, to “ensure” that something happens is to make certain that it does, and to “insure” is to issue an insurance policy. Other authorities, however, consider “ensure” and “insure” interchangeable.

AM / PM | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 16, 2016 - “AM” stands for the Latin phrase Ante Meridiem —which means “before noon”—and “PM” stands for Post Meridiem : “after noon.” Although ...

alliterate / illiterate | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 16, 2016 - Pairs of words which begin with the same sound are said to alliterate, like “wild and wooly.” Those who can't read are illiterate. Categorized ...

writting | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 19, 2016 - One of the comments English teachers dread to see on their evaluations is “The professor really helped me improve my writting.” When “-ing” is ...

assure / ensure / insure | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 17, 2016 - To “assure” a person of something is to make him or her confident of it. According to Associated Press style, to “ensure” that something happens ...

l / ll | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington State ...

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May 19, 2016 - There are quite a few words spelled with a double L in UK English which are spelled in the US with a single L. Examples include “woollen” (US “woolen”), “ counsellor” (US “counselor”), “medallist” (US “medalist”), “jeweller” (US “jeweler”) , “initialled” (US “initialed”), “labelled” (US “labeled”), “signalled” (US ...

dire straights | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - When you are threading your way through troubles as if you were traversing a dangerously narrow passage you are in “dire straits.

cliché / clichéd | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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cliché / clichéd. May 31, 2016 yanira.vargas. One often hears young people say “That movie was so cliché!” The standard expression is clichéd. Categorized ...

crochet / crotchet / crochety | Common Errors in English Usage and ...

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May 31, 2016 - Although all of these words derive from a common ancestor meaning “hook” and are related to “crook,” they have taken on different meanings ...

nauseated / nauseous | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 19, 2016 - They hear you as saying that you make people want to vomit, and it tempers their sympathy for your plight. Better to say you are “nauseated,” or ...

dire straights | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - When you are threading your way through troubles as if you were traversing a dangerously narrow passage you are in “dire straits.

exited / excited | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - A lot of people get so excited when they're typing that they mistakenly write they are “exited,” and their spelling checkers don't tell them they've ...

ceasar | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 31, 2016 - Did you know that German “Kaiser” is derived from the Latin “Caesar” and is pronounced a lot more like it than the English version? We're stuck ...

phenomena / phenomenon | Common Errors in English Usage and ...

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phenomena / phenomenon. May 30, 2016 yanira.vargas. There are several words with Latin or Greek roots whose plural forms ending in A are constantly mistaken for singular ones. See, for instance, criteria and media and data. it's “this phenomenon,” but “these phenomena.” Categorized: Common Error. « phantom / ...

complement / compliment | Common Errors in English Usage and ...

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May 31, 2016 - Originally these two spellings were used interchangeably, but they have come to be distinguished from each other in modern times. Most of the time the word people intend is “compliment”: nice things said about someone (“She paid me the compliment of admiring the way I shined my shoes”). “Complement ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the standard two- word phrasal verb; for instance: it would have been a mistake for me to have written “Phrasal verbs makeup a huge category.” It is fine to write “I ...

phenomena / phenomenon | Common Errors in English Usage and ...

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phenomena / phenomenon. May 30, 2016 yanira.vargas. There are several words with Latin or Greek roots whose plural forms ending in A are constantly mistaken for singular ones. See, for instance, criteria and media and data. it's “ this phenomenon,” but “these phenomena.” Categorized: Common Error. « phantom / ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

discreet / discrete | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - The more common word is “discreet,” meaning “prudent, circumspect”: “When arranging the party for Agnes, be sure to be discreet; we want her ...

et al. | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington State ...

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May 25, 2016 - “Et al.” is a scholarly abbreviation of the Latin phrase et alia, which means “and others.” It is commonly used when you don't want to name all ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/30/phrasal-verbs-vs-nouns/
May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

exasperate / exacerbate | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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exasperate / exacerbate. May 25, 2016 yanira.vargas. People get exasperated (irritated); situations get exacerbated (made worse). Categorized: Common Error.

phrasal verbs vs. nouns | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 30, 2016 - Phrasal verbs make up a huge category of expressions in English that careless users often misspell by substituting one-word noun forms for the ...

apostrophes | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 17, 2016 - First let's all join in a hearty curse of the grammarians who inserted the wretched apostrophe into possessives in the first place. It may well have been a mistake. In Medieval English possessive nouns ended with an -ES or -YS. Eventually the vowel before the S disappeared, and we were left with forms like ...

-er / -est | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 25, 2016 - The suffix “-est” is normally used only when comparing three or more items. If I have three pigs, I say “This is the fattest one.” But when only two items are involved, it is traditional to use the suffix “-er.” If I have two pigs, then I say “This is the fatter one.” In casual English it is very common to use “-est” for ...

Mount Fujiyama | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - “Yama” means “mountain” in Japanese, so when you say “Mount Fujiyama” you are saying “Mount Fuji Mountain.” The Japanese usually say “Fujisan,” but “Fujiyama,” or “Mount Fuji” is standard in English—just be aware that both sound “foreign” to Japanese native speakers. Categorized: Common Error.

reap what you sew | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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May 25, 2016 - When you plant seeds you sow them. Galatians 6:7 says “A man reaps what he sows” (harvests what he plants, gets what he deserves). This agricultural metaphor gets mangled frequently into “you reap what you sew.” At best, you might rip what you sew, but you probably wouldn't want to tell people about ...

complement / compliment | Common Errors in English Usage and ...

https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/31/complement-compliment/
May 31, 2016 - Originally these two spellings were used interchangeably, but they have come to be distinguished from each other in modern times. Most of the time the word people intend is “compliment”: nice things said about someone (“She paid me the compliment of admiring the way I shined my shoes”). “Complement ...

precede / proceed | Common Errors in English Usage and More ...

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precede / proceed. May 30, 2016 yanira.vargas. “Precede” means “to go before.” “Proceed” means to go on. Let your companion precede you through the door, then proceed to follow her. Interestingly, the second E is missing in “procedure.” Categorized: Common Error. « point in time · precedence / precedents ».

judgement | Common Errors in English Usage and More | Washington ...

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May 19, 2016 - In Great Britain and many of its former colonies, “judgement” is still the correct spelling, but ever since Noah Webster decreed the first E superfluous, Americans have omitted it. Many of Webster's crotchets have faded away (each year fewer people use the spelling “theater,” for instance), but even the ...

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