Posts by Alexa Lemoine

  1. What Is The Difference Between “Delegate” vs. “Superdelegate”?

    In any election, there’s a ton of information to get a handle on. When can you vote? Can you vote early? Where can you vote? And oh yeah, who and what are you voting for? On top of all that, the electoral process in the US can be just plain confusing—no matter how much attention you, ahem, paid in American Government class. There’s the general …

  2. “Economic” vs. “Economical”

    Cheap, expensive, lavish, meager, a steal, or a rip-off. These are just some ways to talk about an item that costs money. But there are two other words used to talk about money as well: economic and economical. These words have two different meanings, despite them both being adjectives. Plus they’re also only two letters off, adding to the confusion. It’s pretty likely you’re mixing …

  3. “Breach” vs. “Breech”: Don’t Confuse The Two!

    English is full of homophones, or words that have the same pronunciation but vastly different meanings, origins, and spelling. Some of the most confused homophones include their/they’re/there; affect and effect; and complement and compliment. Let’s add another pair to the list: breach and breech. Are you a whale watcher? A lawyer? A gun owner? You might know the definition of these words. But do you know how …

  4. True Cheese Lovers Will Want To Know These “Cheesy” Words

    Whether it’s on pizza, in a turkey sandwich, or melted in a pot, cheese is a food that’s incredibly popular and used in many different kinds of cuisines around the world. It’s been around for so long that cheese is considered an ancient food that has been made since the domestication of animals. Although it’s derived from animal milk*, cheese comes in different varieties that …

  5. Zip, Zilch, Nada! 16 Ways To Say “Nothing”

    What are you doing on January 16th? After all the holiday parties, events, and shenanigans, you can take this day in particular to relax. Why? January 16th is National Nothing Day! In a world that requires near-constant busyness, this day (and unofficial holiday) is an excuse to kick your feet up and do … nothing. National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by Harold Pullman …

  6. How To Determine Subject vs. Predicate In A Sentence

    We all write every single day, whether it’s a text message, report, or email. And that means we all compose sentences that are crafted from different parts. Yup, there are different parts of sentences. And guess what? Learning what the different parts of a sentence are called can show a mastery of language. Subject vs. predicate By elementary school, kids begin learning about the different …

  7. “Your” vs. “You’re”: How To Choose The Right Word

    Did you know English is frequently cited as a very hard language to learn? Hmm, we wonder why? Well, its difficulty explains the mistakes we all make when speaking. But writing in English has its own unique set of challenges. One of the most common mistakes is telling you’re and your apart. They look similar, right? Even if they sound the same and look like fraternal …

  8. Celebrate The Season With These Words For Capricorns

    December 22 marks the beginning of Capricorn season. Capricorn is one of the Earth signs of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorns are often stereotyped as being stoic, practical, and persistent. And judging by some famous Capricorns, it may be true! If you were born between December 22–January 19, you’re in the company of boxer Muhammad Ali, writer J.D. Salinger, former …

  9. Is There A Way To Write Without Using The Word “Very”?

    Four little letters: v-e-r-y. While very is indeed a very useful word, when overused, it can make writing sound very boring. Plus, if we write this sentence another way, it can sound completely different: While very is indeed an invaluable word, when overused, it can make writing sound uninteresting and mundane. See the difference? When to use very Very has its purpose as an adverb …

  10. How Authors Named Their Famous Characters

    What’s in a name? A lot, apparently! It’s no secret that writers agonize over what to name their characters. It’s for good reason: a name can make or break how audiences remember a character. It has the potential to be truly iconic. Many authors can’t even begin to write until they’ve given each and every person in their book a name. So how does one …