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Word of the day – Uninterested and disinterested

If I’m uninterested, I really don’t give a rat about the subject. If I’m disinterested, I don’t have a dog in that fight, but I might find it interesting. If you don’t care to watch the Super Bowl regardless of who … Continue reading

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Word of the day – nausea, nauseous, nauseated

“Sex and death are two things that come but once in my lifetime, but at least after death you’re not nauseous.”— Woody Allen, Sleeper, 1973. Woody is a talented filmmaker and a funny fellow, but he’s wrong about nauseous. Playing … Continue reading

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Word of the day – There’s no their there

ASU begins their season . . . . Today we’re going to tackle what probably is the most frequently broken grammar rule in America: the singular noun followed by the plural possessive pronoun. You see this everywhere, and broadcasters are … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Incredible and incredulous

“That’s incredible” was a cheesy ‘80s TV show that demonstrated (as if it needed demonstrating) what stupid things people would do to get attention, like juggling things that can kill you. When you see someone land a plane on a … Continue reading

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Misused idiom or word of the day – weigh and way

Here’s an odd usage error I had never considered before — thanks to AZCentral’s story about fast food employees signing up for public aid programs: “Chucri said fast-food restaurants often attract young, low-skilled workers who are students and use the work … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Duel, dual

Both “duel” and “dual” involve two, but one is definitely more deadly. In a duel, it’s two people or forces battling, as in the classic “pistol at 10 paces.” It also can be more philosophical or metaphorical, as in a … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Compose, comprise

The whole is composed of parts. The parts comprise the whole. “The American Southwest is composed of the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.” But: “Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico comprise the American Southwest.” Or … Continue reading

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