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Someone wanted to know, is it toe the line or tow the line?

Let's discuss this with help from the people of Stargate Command.

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Answer: Moot

Monday, 22 May 2017 16:31
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We were asked, What is the origin and correct usage of “moot?” Moot has a variety of meanings, so correct usage can be a bit tricky.  Let’s dig right in with some help from the characters of Star Trek.

Who gives a hoot about moot? )
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Today's installment of "Say What?" will look at two phrases that have a common basis in Christianity and taking responsibility for your misdeeds. You've probably heard both but may not know what they mean. So let's find out together with the help of our friends over at Once Upon a Time, shall we?

(Don't) rob Peter to pay Paul. / (The) writing on the wall. )
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Good afternoon, fellow grammarians! Today we're going to answer the question, When do you use "like" versus "as"?, with a little help from our friends over at Once Upon a Time.

When do you use 'like' versus 'as'? )
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When do you use "nor" versus "or"?

With examples from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Nor vs Or )
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Today’s question deals with double negatives.  We’ll take a look at them and when, if ever, they’re okay to use with a little help from our friends in the Magnificent Seven.

I don’t want to not learn grammar! )
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The question we'll be answering this week deals with whether or not there should be an apostrophe in "heads up".

With examples from NCIS )
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We’ve been asked “what is the correct way to use the word ‘hopefully’?”  Let’s take a look at this historically controversial issue with some help from the Magnificent Seven.

Hoping and hoping and hoping )
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XKCD shows us just how hard core linguists can be when it comes to the 'quotative like'.

"God was like, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."

[ profile] fandom_grammar hasn't done an article specifically on the 'quotative like', but you can certainly check out our usage tag for general information on usage. There's also a Grammar Girl article called Why Do People Say "Like" So Much? which covers multiple different ways "like" is used.
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This week, we’re going to answer the following question: “What are the differences in usage between "bring" and "take"? Are there regional and/or national differences?”. Tricky, isn’t it? Well, not anymore, since we’re about to solve the mystery surrounding “bring” and “take”, with help from the characters of "How I Met Your Mother"!

Read more )
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Getting words wrong is like a rite of passage when you're first learning to speak a language, regardless of whether you're a child with your mother tongue or an adult learning a second language. You learn from your mistakes and grow more proficient in the language. In "25 Common Words That You've Got Wrong", Joseph Hindy discusses twenty-five commonly used words that he claims aren't being used correctly. Or maybe it's better to say that they're not being used to their original meanings, as he describes the popular meaning of some words as an error next to the "correct" original, and sometimes archaic, meaning for each word. Hindy explains how he believes the errors may have come about, as well as how to fix them, in a conversational, non-accusatory tone. That he also attempts to connect with his readers by admitting to misusing some of these words only makes the article more relatable.

More about those 25 commonly incorrect words... )
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What's the difference between social, socialize, society, and societal?

With examples from Stargate SG-1

Even though these words share a similar meaning, "pertaining to society," they are still different in the way they are used. Read more... )
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If you live in New York City or follow New York politics at all, you might remember the brief but memorable appearances of The Rent Is Too Damn High Party, a more or less real political party founded to make the point that...well, that rent is too damn high in New York City. The party's founder and primary spokesman is Jimmy McMillan, a gentleman noted for his sense of humor and amazing sideburns. He brings us today's Friday Funnies.

It's funny because it's true )
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Happy Monday, and welcome back to Fandom Grammar! Today we'll be covering the difference between two similar words, decry and descry. With examples from Saiyuki Gaiden. )
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[ profile] snailbones asked about whether there is any difference between the words orient and orientate in terms of meaning or preferred usage. I thought I had a definite position about this question but then, of course, I had to go do research...

Orient vs Orientate - where do we stand? )
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Congratulations, everyone, and welcome to our 250th Answer, written by guest grammarian [ profile] pigsflew. My, how time flies!

Is it ever acceptable to qualify "unique" and other absolute words? (with examples from Mass Effect and the works of Alastair Reynolds)

A common pet peeve for many grammarians is when they read that something is "very unique" when "unique" by definition means that the item is the only example of its kind; to describe something as "more" or "less" so is often nonsensical. In general, it is a good idea to reexamine your diction when you find yourself attaching qualifiers to absolute words. However, every linguistic rule is made to be broken on occasion.

Binary is a state of mind. )
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At long last, Dinosaur Comics has solved the dilemma of the gender-neutral pronoun. Click the preview for the full comic:

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A wise old professor once told me the word that was one of the most overused words in the English language. So when [ profile] aqua_crescent asked us to define when you use that (example: "This is the game I was telling you about" vs. "This is the game that I was telling you about.”), I set out, along with my friends from Harry Potter and Once Upon A Time, to see if my professor was right.

When to use that )
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alt text: Verbiage. Va-jay-jay. Irregardless.
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[ profile] sg_betty, [ profile] mamaffy, and [ profile] visiblemarket want to know: what is the subjunctive tense, and how is it used? ("If only it was true" vs "If only it were true."')

With examples from Supernatural and Saiyuki. )


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