The English language sometimes struggles to find pronouns where the antecedent is common gender like person, friend, leader, parent, etc. For example, look at the following sentence:
- When a dear friend has betrayed you, do you think it is worth your while to patch up with him or her?
You will ag...
In BeeDictionary, the word thought has 18 listed definitions:
Notice that none of definitions says that thought is an adjective. Be that as it may, thought as an adjective is becoming fashionable at least in one area of usage. Can you guess? No? Okay, let me ask yo...
Intuitively you would think that ghostwriters write ghost words. But that is not true. Click here for the definition of ghostwriter. As an example, JF Kennedy’s famous speechwriter was Ted Sorensen. He ghostwrote JFK’s famous inaugural speech. But hang on. It is still not clear who actually wrote the ‘ask not’ lines – was it JFK himself or was it Ted? You do know the famous lines don’t you? Here it is for reference: My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what can you do for your country
An interesting whitepaper by Richard Gentry and Steve Graham on spelling and handwriting has come out in the fall of 2010 under the aegis of Saperstein Associates, a research firm based in Columbus, Ohio, US . Read it here.
Although, I am a proponent of good handwriting, I have some misgivings a...
Other day, as I was watching a sitcom, I reflected, how meanings of some words have changed over the years.
The sitcom was about celebrities talking about their pets. Each celebrity was telling us how great his/her pet was. It could do this, it could do that. It was such a great companion. Some of them even let us know how their pets were closer to them than their sons and daughters. A vet was also part of the show and was giving his expert interpretation on some of the seemingly aberrant behavior of some of the pets.