What the heck are homonyms?

What the heck are homophones? Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings, no matter how they are spelled. Bear/Bear (the animal/put up with that annoying co-worker) is a homophone but so is red/read (my stylish iPad bag/what I wish my blog was more). Homonyms are spelled exactly the same, pronounced… Read more »

What word is spelled wrong most often?

You know the answer to that old joke, right? It’s the word “wrong.” A colleague of mine recently received a really lovely note from a potential business partner that read, “Looking forward to growing our bushiness together.” Spelling errors are no joke in professional communications, but people make them all the time. I spend a… Read more »

Ain’t isn’t OK

Is it ever ok to use the word ain’t? As I was interviewing a professional wellness coach for a feature article, we both agreed it is a “hillbilly” word. We were sort of right, sort of wrong. In fact, the word ain’t is a “contraction of a negated auxiliary verb.” And while this contraction of… Read more »