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When to hyphenate ‘up to date’

Editors and grammar geeks are strange people. The internet is full of these strange people shaking their metaphorical fists over punctuation points, word usage or grammatical constructions... But sometimes they're right!

By |2016-12-14T15:56:45+10:00January 11th, 2016|Did you know, Grammar, Punctuation|Comments Off on When to hyphenate ‘up to date’

Word of the Day: Epizuexis

This is both a Word of the Day and a figure of speech. (Double word score?) Definition: Repeating a word (or phrase) for emphasis. (Usually 3 times.) For example, if you asked me what I did over Christmas, I might say: Eat and drink, eat and drink, eat and drink. At which point, you might [...]

By |2016-12-27T14:29:12+10:00January 5th, 2016|Did you know, Personal, Rhetoric, WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Epizuexis

What Not to Cook: Doom Juice (AKA Chilli Sauce)

Chillies are rad. This is a known fact. What's not so known is that they originated in the Americas, and weren't brought to Asia—the place people generally associate them with—until the 16th century by the Portuguese. Christopher Columbus brought a boatload back from one of his expeditions, believing it to be actual pepper. It wasn't.

By |2017-05-19T08:20:30+10:00December 14th, 2015|Personal|2 Comments

Indian English: Preponing the tiffin

India has a lot of languages—according to a 2001 census, there were 29 different languages in India that had at least a million native speakers each. The official language is Hindi—but English in India is a rich variant in its own right.

By |2017-09-13T22:18:44+10:00November 26th, 2015|Did you know, Etymology, Grammar, Linguistics|1 Comment

Word of the Day: Cimicine

Definition: Smelling like bugs. (Or, the actual noun for bug secretions…) Cimicine is one of those wonderfully specific descriptive words that lends itself well to erudite-sounding insults. The pie was cold, and the salad was warm. The meal was served with a weak, cimicine cocktail, which made me wish I’d kept my 16 dollars and [...]

By |2017-09-22T13:51:13+10:00November 7th, 2015|WOTD|Comments Off on Word of the Day: Cimicine
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