Category: Lifestyle

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Column: Behavior modifier for itchy dogs

Five things to do when your dog chews, licks, or scratches: 1) Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Nothing you do to address the dog’s behavior will be of much use...

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Column: Who owns the market, after all?

Question: “Greetings! I always enjoy your column and now I have my own grammar question for you. The Carmel Farmers’ Market staff has been having a lively discussion about the correct punctuation for the...

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Column: How shall we slay thee?

“Why does the media keep using the word ‘slain?’ Why are they sensationalizing this story? It was just an accident!” Admittedly these questions weren’t really posed to me, but I’ve decided to co-opt them...

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Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

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Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...

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Column: Grammar mix-up in the key of ‘D’

Do you know the difference between “discreet” and “discrete?” What about “defuse” and “diffuse?” “Dual” and “duel?” Hopefully after today, the answer to all three questions will be a resounding, “Yes!” Let’s start with...

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Column: ‘Fun’ and grammar

Question: “Dear Grammer Guy, thanks for the ‘opportunity’ to read your comments on appropriate word usage. I’d like to know how ‘fun’ came to be used as an adjective. I always thought ‘fun’ was a...

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Column: Compare to or with?

Question: “I remember the imply/infer difference from an episode of “All in the Family.” Gloria is feeling intellectually inadequate relative to her over-educated husband, Meathead. She misuses one of the words (I don’t remember which),...