Personification gives human characteristics to non-human things. Find out what the difference is between it and anthropomorphism.
Abbreviations, short-cuts and other mysterious collections of letters. What do they all mean? How and where are they used?
Many usage errors in English happen because the language is full of homophones. If you’re talking, homophone confusion will never be a problem. But if you’re writing, and if you’re overly dependent on your spellchecker, it can be a bit of a worry. This installment of “You’re Saying it...
Fifty dog related idioms and phrases as used in everyday language. Dogs have long held a special place in our lives and it is therefore unsurprising that so many idiomatic expressions and phrases involving dogs have entered our language.
Here are very the vital things that examiners focus their attention on when marking English Language compositions or essays. This is a must-read for every student learning English Language.
The Naughty Grammarian instructs on the finer points of English usage, points either never learned or long ago forgotten. This lesson is on the misuse of the words "literally" and "awesome."
Many of us hear these old expressions from our grandparents, but do we really know what they mean?
Let's start with a basic definition of the word "juxtaposition": ...a literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions are placed side by side in a narrative or a poem for the purpose of developing comparisons...
Lots of words and phrases in English are the result of a process called Folk Etymology. This is a linguistic shift in which an unusual or foreign word gets changed to a more familiar word. This edition of You’re Saying it Wrong will take a look at several folk etymologies, a couple of which have...
An article detailing twenty idioms related to Rabbits, Hares and Bunnies. Idioms help make our speech more expressive and colourful. They also provide snippets of advice gleamed from generations of people who have trod life's path before us.