Word War: Celebrant vs Celebrator

When you celebrate your birthday, are you the celebrant or the celebrator? For some people, the words may seem synonymous and interchangeable, while some may not have even heard the word celebrator. Most people use the phrase “birthday celebrant” to refer to people who celebrate their birthday. Now, is this correct or is this only... Continue Reading →

The Toblerone Aggregation

Which is correct, “I ate three Toblerones” or “I ate three bars of Toblerone”? Some argue that the latter is correct and the former is, of course, erroneous. Their reason? Food is a mass noun, and they do not have plural forms; you have to use adjectives to indicate their amount, quantity, or number. However,... Continue Reading →

Building Your Vocabulary

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. —Mark Twain Often times, we find ourselves groping for the right words to describe somebody or something, be it abstract or concrete. Unlike Shakespeare, we do not have the authority to coin new words to... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Dilemma

Q. When referring to a zombie, should I use the relative pronoun who (which would refer to a person) or that (since, technically, the zombie is no longer living)? Essentially, does a zombie cease to become a “person” in the grammatical sense? A. Let’s assume this is a serious question, in which case you, as the writer,... Continue Reading →

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