Slang where words are replaced by a words or phrases with which they rhyme.
Sexist language refers to words, terms, or usages that discriminate against or exclude either of the sexes, and that assume maleness, or even femaleness is the standard.
Despite many years of feminist campaigners and attempts to raise awareness of the use of sexist language, it still widely exists in modern life.
At first glance by the layperson the terms collective nouns and mass nouns might appear to be the same, but there are differences.
There are several myths about English grammar and typography that are widely held but have little or no validity. A few are discussed here.
I am sorry if you were expecting a discussion about a favourite foodstuff. I am going to talk about another kind of waffle – writing in a lengthy, vague, or trivial way. If you have ever wished that your writing was more concise or ‘to the point’ […]
You might be forgiven for thinking that proofreading is proofreading – there are no variances in style or intensity. The proofreader would read through for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and other errors and inconsistencies and that is it. Well not quite – it depends on the authorship, readership, and […]
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) does not generally add new words into the printed dictionary until they have had some time to become established. In the meantime they are added to the online version, launched on 14 March 2000.
(The following is reproduced from a blog I published in October 2014 on a different host site.) Textese is a form of written language that is used in short text messages (SMS) and other digital communications such as emails, characterized by many abbreviations and typically not following standard […]
Upspeak (or uptalk) is the term for speaking with a rising intonation towards the end of a sentence where a person makes a question out of a sentence that is not really a question but more of a statement. Examples would be ‘There is no way I can […]