Let’s say that you’ve just baked a delicious batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (yum!). Just as you’re taking the cookies out of the oven, you get a call from your friend Cara. She tells you there’s a last-minute
“Suborn,” “abri,” and “malaphor”: Which ones are real words?
Have you ever read a restaurant menu and been shocked by just how many ingredients are completely foreign to you? The menu is written in English, and you eat out regularly. So how it is possible that you’ve never heard
“Discrete” vs. “discreet”: What’s the difference?
Let’s say that your best friend tells you that she’s about to sue her business partner, but she doesn’t want you to tell anyone just yet. Is she asking you to be discrete? Or is she asking you to be
Does “decimate” = “destroy”? What decimate means
If we told you that The Pink Flamingo Co. decimated its arch rival by launching a new product, what would you think we meant? Would you think that The Pink Flamingo Co. absolutely crushed its competitor like the awesome boss
What’s the difference between lay vs. lie?
We’re going to ask you a question. And we want you to think very carefully about the answer. Are you ready? Here we go: Should you use lay vs. lie in the following sentence: “Steve wants to ____ down”? Lay
What’s the past tense of shrink?
Let’s say that your partner has a sweater that he loves more than any other piece of clothing he owns. It’s a great-looking sweater, so you kind of get why he loves it so much. But it’s also incredibly delicate
Free reign or free rein: Which one is it?
Imagine that you’ve given up on planning your mother’s 60th birthday party and handed the task off to your younger sister. You don’t have time to find a caterer and buy decorations, but your sister does, and she’s thrilled to
All right vs. alright: What’s the difference?
You’ve probably come across the terms all right and alright before. But you may be a bit confused about how they differ. They seem like they could be different ways of spelling the same term. But on the other hand,
Stationery vs. stationary: What’s the difference?
Stationery vs. stationary are a lot like colour vs. color: they sound the same and they differ by just one letter. But are stationery and stationary different ways of spelling the same word? Or are they different words altogether? Take
Anyway vs. anyways: Which one’s right?
You may have noticed that some people use the word anyway whereas other people add an “-s” to create the word anyways. So you may be feeling a bit confused. What’s the difference between anyway vs. anyways? Is there even