Category Archives: Usable Usage

Reading the Roman Missal, Part 2: Oblation

Is “oblation” an everyday word, and if not, why does the Catholic Church use it so much? Continue reading

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Protecting the Tower or Holding Back the Tide?

Language changes are inevitable. One way they happen and how to deal with them in copy. Continue reading

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Reading the Roman Missal, Part 1: Consubstantial

Closely reading the new translation of the Roman Missal gives us some excellent lessons in writing. This week: using “consubstantial.” Continue reading

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The Many Dance Partners of “Enamored”

What’s wrong with “enamored with”? Continue reading

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Moving Toward Correct Usage

Is it “toward” or “towards”? “Afterward” or “afterwards”? And what’s with that “s”, anyway? Continue reading

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The Trouble with FANBOYS

FANBOYS can keep you from a comma splice, but only if you know what you’re doing with it. Continue reading

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It Is to Be Hoped That You’ll Agree

Last month, The AP Stylebook, the style guide for many American newspapers, finally gave up on restricting hopefully to its original meaning, “in a hopeful manner.” The stylebook now also allows hopefully to be as a sentence adverb meaning “it is hoped” or … Continue reading

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The Problem of Careful Usage

“In careful usage”? Bah humbug! Continue reading

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Language by the People

What qualifies a usage as “proper” grammar? Continue reading

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