When you’re looking for a black and white, right versus wrong answer, please don’t make the question be anything about the usage of “embed” vs. “imbed.”
Are fossils embedded in stone or imbedded in stone? Is the video of Grammartopia-RVA embedded on my website or imbedded in my website? Is a journalist embedded with soldiers or imbedded with soldiers? More
Clearly, grammar is my jam. I just love it—and I’m going to argue the expression “That’s my jam” applies to more than just favorite music—so when I see words misused, I just have to stop and think, “did you really mean to write that?”
For example, if I see the phrase “door jam,” my imagination concocts all sorts of nonsensical ideas from jelly squeezed out of doors to architectural traffic congestion to something right out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
However, I’m guessing none of these are what a writer intends to imply. More
Once upon a time, you thought language was simple, didn’t you? Then came the moment you started to over-think the differences between “onetime” vs. “one time” vs. “one-time”—and your boggled mind hasn’t been the same since.
I jest… but then, maybe I don’t. These are the subtleties that catch us and take our writing back a step. More
I want to return to an old conversation about nervous ticks and nervous tics as we discuss the proper spelling of this word. One might have a nervous tic when there are too many insects about, but a tick might be nervous if there is use of repellents.
Yes, I said “repellents”—with an “e.”
But before you confidently walk away from this “repellant” vs. “repellent” conundrum, let’s pause for a moment, because the other spelling isn’t incorrect. More
I just might be catching you using a phrase that doesn’t actually exist with this one. Think fast. Which one is correct? “Shore up” or “sure up”?
When a plan at work needs some extra strategic support, when your offensive line has some major gaps, or when your sandcastle is falling down, what do you need to do?
I almost hate to break it to you, but:
the correct phrase is “shore up” not “sure up.” More
You’ve got to ask yourself, “do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?
This is what I feel like saying every St. Patrick’s Day when people toss about bad wording among drunken Irishman (and drunken pretend Irishman too).
Before someone irate corrects you on this one, let me be clear: if you’re going to abbreviate St. Patrick’s Day, the correct form is St. Paddy’s Day. More
Eek! That’s the sound of me squealing either because I’m scared to death of ostriches or because spellcheck once again was not your friend.
If you’re writing about “eeking” out a living, maybe it would make sense if you’ve totally nailed the horror movie scream and are constantly cast in roles in this genre. Or maybe if you’re tending ostriches and those giant freaky birds are good at sneaking up on you. However, the expression in its correct form is to “eke out a living.” More