Ways to Say

  1. “Drinking Fountain” vs. “Water Fountain” vs. “Bubbler”: Are They Synonyms?

    You know that thing that provides access to drinking water in places like government buildings, schools, and parks? There are many different designs for it, but it generally works by ejecting a jet of water that can be drunk from directly. So what is the correct name for this machine. And, more importantly, does the name change depending on where you live? Let’s dig in …

  2. “Yams” vs. “Sweet Potatoes”: Are They Synonyms?

    If you’re not arguing about politics or whether or not it’s time for Grandma to get some more grandchildren, there’s one topic that’s always guaranteed to make a splash at the Thanksgiving dinner table: are those yams or sweet potatoes in your holiday casserole? Wait a second, aren’t they the same thing? Not according to the dictionary! Yams vs. sweet potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes are …

  3. 8 Ways To Confidently Say “I Don’t Know”

    We don’t know about you, but even though there’s a time and place for the phrase I don’t know, it can also be overused and misused. I’m not sure is a close cousin, and another phrase for which you may want to find a better choice—a choice that can make you sound and feel more confident and in control. These are such common phrases, it’s worth …

  4. “Nutritional” vs. “Healthy”: Are These Synonyms?

    The words healthy and nutritional seem to go hand in hand. We often see them used to describe the same foods. For example, it makes sense that a carrot would be healthy and nutritional. But does that mean these two words mean the same thing? Sometimes food labels can be misleading, so it makes sense to ask, what does healthy mean? What is nutritional, and are these …

  5. Don’t “Dumb” Down Your Speech: Use These Words Instead Of “Dumb”

    One of the first insult words kids learn (and then use ad nauseam) is dumb. Cries of “You’re dumb!” echo across preschool playgrounds, bested only perhaps by “poopy head” and the like. It’s the diaper-clad set’s version of a four-letter word, but unfortunately, many adults revert to using it as well, calling everything from the weather to politicians to themselves dumb, when that’s not really …

  6. “Didactic” vs. “Pedantic”: Are They Synonyms?

    If you’re ever been bored in a lecture hall or class, then there’s a good chance you’ve been at the mercy of a didactic teacher. Or worse, depending on your tolerance for hyper-focused lessons on specific details, a pedantic teacher. Or perhaps the teacher was a bit of both? To know what type of a boring teacher you’ve been subjected to, you need to know …

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    What’s The Difference Between Ghouls, Goblins, And Ghosts?

    Come Halloween, miniature ghosts, ghouls, and goblins ring your doorbell and haunt your candy stash. But each of these three freaky frights has a different history and personality. Is a ghost also a ghoul? What about a goblin—is it related to either of these two? Are these staples of the supernatural spine-chilling synonyms? What is a ghost? Ghosts are considered to be the souls of the dead. …

  8. Are You Using The Word “Just” Too Much?

    Does it ever sound like people overuse the word just these days, when being indecisive, indirect, or, worse yet, passive-aggressive—especially in the workplace? Maybe you’ve heard your boss ask: “I know it’s a Saturday, but if you could, you know, just send me over the document when’s it all done, that’d be great, thanks!” Or maybe you were the one smuggling in some criticism and …

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    How To Congratulate Yourself Without Bragging

    No one likes a braggart, that much is true. As William Shakespeare so eloquently said, “It will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.”  What is bragging anyway?  People have been bragging for a long time. First evidence of the word brag dates back to 1350–1400. It can be used as a verb meaning “to use boastful language; boast” or a …

  10. Is There A Better Word Than “Quit” When Leaving A Commitment?

    Some people spend a good part of their working hours daydreaming of the moment they’re able to utter the words, “I quit!” And then there are others who dread the idea of having to step back, step down, or step away from their current job, project, or relationship. Even when you’re ready to make a move, sometimes saying the word quit can be scary, especially …