famous or infamous?
Many people confuse these two terms. Of course you know that “famous” means well-known, celebrated, having a favorable reputation–one of the base words for famous is “fame”. But many people mistakenly assume that “infamous” means, even more famous; however, infamous is the opposite of famous. If someone is infamous, that person has a negative reputation or is known…
“.gif” is the Oxford University Press “US Word of the Year”
Every year, the Oxford University Press in England chooses a “Word of the Year” for English-speaking countries. In the U.S., “.gif” is the 2012 winner. “Super storm” and “super pac” were runners-up. Read the complete article below… Oxford University Highlights 2012 “Words Of The Year” (via redOrbit) Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online…
Veterans Day and Memorial Day
The observations and celebrations of the two holidays set aside to honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces has evolved over the last two centuries. Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day seem similar, but have distinctly different purposes. Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” to commemorate the signing of the armistice treaty that officially ended World…
Loser or looser
These two words are related to “lose” and “loose”, two words often mistakenly interchanged. “Lose” is the opposite of “win”, so a “loser” is someone who has lost. “Loose” is the opposite of “tight”, so “looser” means less tight. “Loser” is a noun and refers to a person. He is a loser. “Looser” is an…
Who or Whom? (Updated)
Who or Whom? No, this is not an owl impression. These are two words so similar, they’ve sparked debate among the most esteemed of writers and educators. They are also very often misused by the general population. Even though “whom” sounds very formal, there are specific rules for its use. Whom is a pronoun that refers…
Pole or Poll?
The words “pole” and “poll” are often misspelled. People usually know what they mean to write, but are unsure of the correct spelling. Words that sound alike but are spelled differently are called “homophones”: ‘homo’ for ‘same’ and ‘phone’ for ‘sound’. A “pole” is a long…
How Cold Do You Like Your Tea?
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world, and many people enjoy their tea very cold. The proper term for very cold tea is “iced tea”, not “ice tea”, because the tea is NOT made of ice, but is chilled by ice.
Prospect, Lead, or Opportunity?
Many freelancers and small business owners don’t think of themselves as “salespeople”, but unless your company is big enough to have a dedicated sales team, you are the “sales team”. The old adage: “Nothing happens until something is sold” is still true today. Before you can close the deal and sign the contract, you have…