Hurricanes and typhoons are iconic storms that strike fear in the hearts of coastal residents around the world. Collectively, these storms are known as cyclones. Cyclones are formed in the sea, but most of them are weak and die...
The names of the days and months all come from antiquity. January The first month of the year was named after the two-faced Roman god Janus. As the god of doorways and gates, he had two faces that each looked in...
For most children, some of the first words they learn (after mama, dada and a few others) are usually animal names. This is especially true in families where pets are a big part of the family. When a little...
Getting effect and affect confused is a common mistake. For two words that only have a one-letter difference between them, they can end up causing a lot of problems. When are you supposed to use effect and when is...
With some words, one little letter can make the biggest difference. That's the case when it comes to "compliment" and "complement," as swapping the "i" for an "e" - or vice versa - can either serve as a way...
Two commonly confused words are 'censor' and 'censure', even though they have a slightly different pronunciation, they have a somewhat similar meaning. While the two words are sometimes used interchangeably (and incorrectly) in context, it is more often a...
You what is nearly impossible in the 21st century? Discussing the definition of the word ironic without talking about its namesake song, "Ironic", by Alanis Morissette. The poor woman was trying to make a living by creating a catchy...
One of the longest running jokes leads back to the old comic book character, Popeye. He used to say, "muscles" with a hard "k" and not a "c." He also did it with the word "mispronunciation" and basically said...
If you've ever used the term immigrant rather than expatriate or vice versa, have you ever thought about why you chose one over the other? Perhaps there are subtle distinctions between the two that you're unaware of, or maybe...
If you are like most people, you have likely confused the words site, cite and sight at one time or another. These homophones sound exactly the same when pronounced yet each has its own unique meaning and spelling. Let's...