Category Archives: Lexicon

Confession time

I recently used literally in the way that so many people use it and which normally drives me bonkers. It just slipped out while I was talking and I didn’t even stop to correct myself. But that’s okay, because my … Continue reading

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Acronyms vs. initialism

I learned something new today:

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Criteria vs. criterion

I recently overheard someone say, “We have only one criteria [sic] for our decision.” NO. Criteria is a plural word. Criterion is the singular. If you have one rule or guideline for your decision, you usecriterion: “My criterion for today’s … Continue reading

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Hale vs. Hail

These are easy to mix up, but not difficult to remember once you know. Hail (1), as a verb: 1) To cheer, salute, or greet. All of Virginia hailed the UVA Men’s basketball team after their ACC tournament win. 2) … Continue reading

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Segue vs. Segway

Segue vs. Segway. Both are pronounced the same way, but they mean totally different things. A Segway is the mode of transportation seen on the right. Segue, however, is both a noun and verb, both with similar meanings (neither of … Continue reading

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Happens all the time

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Taught vs. Taut

I’ve actually seen this one twice in the past week — taught used when taut was meant. I didn’t fret too much when I saw it on Facebook because people make mistakes there all the time. But when I saw … Continue reading

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Lose vs. Loose

Not a week goes by that I do not see lose and loose used as if they are interchangeable. They are not. You lose weight, your keys, and sometimes even your mind. After you lose weight, your pants are too … Continue reading

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Family relations

This is a fun word you need to use at your next family reunion:

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