Four words from German that English really needs

The German language can be soft and even melodious at times. Here are some examples of German's more lyrical side.

2 August 2018 by Dave Child

Common word crimes and how to avoid them

Understanding how English fits together is the key to good grammar and great readability.

28 June 2018 by Steve Linney

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

Readable grammar 101: How to use there, their and they’re

Confusing ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ is a common grammar mistake. Learn how to tell the difference between these words so you can use them correctly. 

16 May 2018 by Laura Kelly

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

Commas are absolutely awesome, but so misunderstood

Business Insider and Microsoft, listed comma errors as number two and three in the top 10 grammar mistakes most people make. They are missing a comma and missing a comma after an introductory phrase.

30 January 2018 by Dave Child

A murder of crows and other odd collective nouns

You’ve heard of a class of students, a pack of dogs, a herd of cows, and probably a school of fish. These are collective nouns — a group of people, animals or things. The English language can get humorous at times, even a bit crazy, with its 900 collective nouns. Most were coined in the […]

24 December 2017 by Dave Child

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin: the benefits of reading to children

The reading of the bedtime story is a daily ritual in many households and one that can be enjoyed by both parent and child.

16 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Four words we lost that English really needs

Words slip in and out of the English language according to the things we use and the way we think. Some words should have remained in our lexicon, but are sadly lost and, apparently, not missed:

2 December 2017 by Dave Child