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
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
If someone asks how I am, should I say I'm good or I'm well? The answer depends on whether the person who asked really cares how you're doing. If they're only asking to be polite, the correct answer is, "Fine, thanks!" But if they really want to know, the correct answer is probably closer to,…Read more Ask an English Teacher: Good or Well?
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”