Category: Lifestyle

Column: Mannequin or manikin?

I write all the time about French, German, Latin and Greek influences on the English language, but I believe this week’s column will mark a first for the Grammar Guy: A word of Dutch...

Column: Have people become objects?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, over the past few years I have increasingly heard the word ‘that’ used in place of the word ‘who.’  Example: ‘The people that work for us.’ I even hear this on national radio...

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”...

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...

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...

Column: A new definition for ‘dote?’

Question: “Just found out there is a definition for ‘dote’ I was not aware of. To me it has always been ‘to show excessive love or fondness.’ Ex: She loves to dote on her...

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...

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...