In school, students are told to use complex vocabulary, but in reality, many writers try to use simple words, like Ernest Hemingway. What other things are kids told about writing that contradict real life?
Many people have heard the (re)phrase, “don’t just do something, stand there!” But isn’t “standing there” doing something?
Many people use thesauri to “buff” their writing, or to learn new and fancy words. But is that really a good idea, and does it really work out?
Everyone knows words like chillax came about from joining chill and relax. But did you know that words like electrocute came from electric and execute?
In the age of tweets and Snapchat, words like napkins have become naps and words like delicious, delish. But what words were shortened before social media came along?
From rationalize to rationalise and colour to color, spelling in such a way to please everyone is as easy as herding cats.