Blog Category: Words

Spelling: Part 01, The influence on “Britain”

This post is an outcome of asking so many whys. I never fancied that I’ll start writing on the evolution of English, let alone the history of England. However, the differences between the American and British English piqued my interest and I started doing a little...

Adjectives: Beware of suffixes -ical and -ic

One of the ways to form an adjective is to add the suffix ~ic or ~ical. There is no clear rule about when to use which. As a rule of thumb, many of the older nouns have the ~ical adjective, while most of the newer ones have ~ic suffix. The suffix ~ic or ~ical means...

British vs. American spelling

Ensuring consistency in spelling is one of the housekeeping kind of editing tasks for a copy editor. Even though Microsoft Word provides a large array of English options, the global publishing world is divided between – or should I say, united by – two variations of...

Obsequies and Obsequious

John McIntyre, the night content production manager at Baltimore Sun, presents In a Word, a word of the week column in his blog You Don't Say, Every week McIntyre chooses from a range of endangered words and discusses it, so as to breathe new life into these words....

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