Highway Star asked about ironic versus ironical.
Ironical is a standard word—it is an alternative adjective form of irony—but it means the same thing as ironic.
Ironical is the more old-fashioned form of the word, and ironic is the more common form today. You can choo
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I'm going to disagree with #5 on not using "impact" as a verb. My dictionary defines it as both a noun and a verb, i.e. "to hit with force". Certainly, an asteroid impacted with the Earth in Arizona to cause that crater.
Political ads and analysis are reaching a fever pitch, so it seems like a good time to talk about the phrase “straw man.” What does it mean when two people are debating and one accuses the other of putting forth a straw man argument?
What Is a Straw Man Argument?
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One regionalism that jumps out at me every time I visit New York is how people there say they stand on line instead of saying they stand in line.
It’s not limited to New York City either. Dialect researchers have found that people also say they stand on line in other parts of the Ea
Last week my husband excitedly told me he had a “great idea for an app.” I must have been tired because I though he said he had a “great idea for a nap,” as in sleeping during the daytime. We both ended up laughing, but it also reminded me of a story about how certain words
Tom and Ray Magliozzi just announced that in September they’ll stop producing new episodes for their popular NPR show Car Talk. Tom and Ray also go by Click and Clack.
"Click" and "Clack" are capitalized because they’re nicknames—they ta