Category: Lifestyle

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Column: Aid vs. aide

Question: “I have a co-worker who regularly uses ‘aid’ and ‘aide’ interchangeably, and it drives me crazy. Can you address this topic?” Answer: I not only can, but will, dear reader! “Aid” and “aide”...

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Column: Before you go any ‘further’

Question: “Jordan, a few years ago Ford Motor Co. used the tagline ‘Go Further.’ Would you please explain the correct use of ‘further’ vs. ‘farther?’ I would prefer to rely on the Grammar Guy...

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Column: ‘Burned’ or ‘burnt?’

Question: “Hi Jordan! Recently a friend of mine corrected me – or attempted to – saying I should have used ‘burned’ instead of ‘burnt.’ The sentence was something like, ‘The chicken was good, but...

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Column: ‘Cache’ or ‘cachet?’

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, can you explain the difference between ‘cache’ and ‘cachet?’ Are they just alternate spellings of the same word?” Answer: Hey, I know this one! Grammar column: Engage. If you’ve ever...

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Column: On being ‘pedantic’

Question: “Mr. Fischer, you may have heard about Jeb Bush’s run-in with a college student this week who seemed to be grammatically challenged. Perhaps your column could deal with the proper use of the...

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Column: “Lead” and “led”

Question: “Dear Jordan, I look forward to your column in The Southside Times every week. I especially enjoy your sense of humor and the fact that you don’t take grammar too seriously. Please do address the difference...

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Column: Navigating ‘none’

Question: “On a recent TV show, one of the characters said, ‘We’re in danger. We’re not safe. None of us are.’ My schooling tells me this is so wrong. It should be, ‘We’re not...