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January 14, 2013  9:26 PM

Wow! That word is older than you’d think.



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, Oxford English Dictionary, word origins

How old would you guess the word "wow" to be? a. 100 years old b. 200 years old c. 300 years old d. 400 years old e. 500 years old Continued...

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January 11, 2013  1:24 PM

Calfs vs. calves; wifes vs. wives; roofs vs. rooves



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Anachronisms, archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, changing spelling rules, ESL, non-standard plurals, pluralization

Which is correct? Because black absorbs light (which equates to heat) and white reflects it, white is a better option for data center _____. a. roofs b. rooves Answer: Either, depending on where you are. Explanation: In the U.S.,...


January 9, 2013  9:32 PM

More on positive “anymore”



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Anachronisms, anymore or any more, archaic speech and grammar, positive anymore

Yesterday I was writing about the use of anymore in positive constructions, as in "I write about grammar anymore." The responses to that...


January 7, 2013  5:35 PM

Is that “brand-new” or “bran-new”? And why do we say it, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, common misspellings, common phrases, grammar history

  Which is correct? If you're designing a ________ data center, green tech should be a priority. a. brand-new b....


December 21, 2012  12:15 AM

‘Twas the night before Christmas — or should that be “t’was”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
apostrophes, archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases

  Which is correct? _______ the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. a. 'Twas b. T'was


December 5, 2012  3:55 PM

Why “how come”?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, archaic words and phrases, CIO, formal writing

  Which is correct? a. How come male CIOs are still making more money than women in comparable positions? b. Why are male CIOs still making...


July 31, 2012  2:32 PM

Do you use archaic language in your writing? Get it right!



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic speech and grammar, verbs and nouns

I was exploring archaic speech and grammar a little bit and stumbled across Dan Tobias' terrific post on archaic English...

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