Unusual American town names

English is known for interesting oddities, including some fabulous American town names. From the obscure to the sublime, it makes traveling through the US even more interesting.

1 June 2018 by Steve Linney

They’re, their, there. What’s the problem?

They sound so similar and, as one of the most common grammar mistakes, they trip a lot of people up. When I see it used incorrectly, it makes me want to scream. What is the heinous crime I talk about? It's improper use of they're/their/there.

16 May 2018 by Steve Linney

English grammar – commas and the complex sentence

One of the most common errors identified in writing is the misuse of commas in complex sentences. Here are a few simple pieces of information to help you understand the basic rules of usage.

8 May 2018 by Dave Child

4 words or phrases from French that English really needs

Mon Dieu the French. They are so precisely impeccable about the use of their language. Anyone who has visited France knows that if you attempt to stumble through even the simplest dialogue with a native speaker you had better know what you are saying.

14 March 2018 by Dave Child

4 English words with Spanish origins

Hola, buckaroos! Give your dulcinea an avocado before the cockroaches get it! What's the history of these terms?

14 March 2018 by Dave Child

Four more words from Japanese that English really needs

English borrows from a large number of languages. Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, to name a few. However, some amazing Japanese words are missing.

1 February 2018 by Steve Linney