Manner vs Manor

Writing Tip 220: “Manner” vs. “Manor”

It’s time to mind our manners, everyone, and today, I’m not just talking about communicating with respect. I’m talking about knowing the difference between “manner” vs. “manor.” Communicating with your pinkie up in the air isn’t quite cutting it here.

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Internment vs. Interment vs. Internship - cheetah

Writing Tip 219: “Internment” vs. “Interment” vs. “Internship”

Some typos—like turning “emulate” into “immolate”—take a dark turn, but then you have other typos that are dark no matter what way you look at them. “Internment” vs. “interment” is one such example.

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"Buck Naked" vs. "Butt Naked"

Writing Tip 218: “Buck Naked” vs. “Butt Naked”

I’m just saying, folks, there are a lot of butts where they shouldn’t be. And I’m not talking about politics or seating arrangements. Just like “nip it in the bud,” the expression “buck naked” is often misspoken and mistyped with a reference to the buttocks that simply isn’t there.

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"Embed" vs. "Imbed"

Writing Tip 217: “Embed” vs. “Imbed”

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 […]

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Jam vs Jamb

Writing Tip 216: “Jam” vs. “Jamb”

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 […]

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Writing Tip 215: “Onetime” vs. “One Time” vs. “One-time”

Writing Tip 215: “Onetime” vs. “One Time” vs. “One-time”

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 […]

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Repellant vs Repellent

Writing Tip 214: “Repellant” vs. “Repellent”

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 […]

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