Poetic Feet and Mayor Pete

If you're at all like me, at one point or another in your education, you had to learn poetic meter -- all that stuff about iambic pentameter and whatnot. I think I had to memorize all of the different types of "feet" in seventh grade: iambs, troches, dactyls, and so on. At the time I…Read more Poetic Feet and Mayor Pete

Ask an English Teacher: The Right Word

I'm trying to find the right word to expresses how I feel about something. I'm not wholeheartedly behind the issue at hand, but I also wouldn't say that I'm only halfheartedly behind it, either. I'm somewhere in between. Is there a word for my attitude? Yes, but it's German, and they're not telling us what…Read more Ask an English Teacher: The Right Word

Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”

A regular reader of this blog recently wrote with the following quandary: Q: It drives me crazy when I hear someone say “It’s not dissimilar to…” or “It’s not unlike...”  THEN IT’S SIMILAR OR IT’S LIKE, YOU IDIOT! Please explain this language phenomenon to me. A: What we're dealing with here is a matter of degree. To say…Read more Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”