- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: surmise.
- LawProse Lesson #119: Is it better to say May 29, 2013, or May 29th, 2013?
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: supposed to.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: supposable, suppositious, supposititious, suppositional, *suppositive
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: supplicant, *suppliant
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: stomping ground; stamping ground. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- A Belated Welcome to Bryan Garner’s ‘LawProse’ Blog | Mercho Legal Services, LLC on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: statutory; *statutorial.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: stick / stuck / stuck. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: staunch; stanch. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
Monthly Archives: December 2012
Bracketed citations are to Garner’s Modern American Usage (3d ed. 2009) (GMAU) and Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage (3d ed. 2011) (GDLU). 1. “The attorney must strive to keep the lines of communication between he and his client open.” Paige … Continue reading
January The Los Angeles Times reported on local poet and journalist John Tottenham’s crusade against the pandemic overuse and abuse of the word awesome. The British expat has launched what he calls the Campaign to Stamp Out Awesome, complete with … Continue reading
Miscellaneous Entries. spill / spilled / spilled. So inflected. The archaic past form "spilt" still sometimes appears in metaphorical references to "spilt milk" ("Don't cry over spilt milk"), but "spilled milk" is somewhat more common. spiral, vb., makes "spiraled" and … Continue reading
Miscellaneous Entries. speechify = to deliver a speech. The word is used in a mocking or derogatory way. speed / sped / sped. The best past-tense and past-participial form is "sped," not *"speeded" — except in the phrasal verb "speed … Continue reading
spasmodic; *spasmodical; *spasmatic; spastic. "Spasmodic" = (1) of, relating to, or characterized by a spasm; or (2) intermittent, sporadic, unsustained. *"Spasmodical" and *"spasmatic" are needless variants. "Spasmatic" is labeled "rare or obsolete" by the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, but of … Continue reading
spartan; sparse. "Spartan" is the antonym of "luxurious," and "sparse" the antonym of "luxuriant." But there the similarities end. In ancient Greece, the people of Sparta were known as being stoical, frugal, simple, laconic, brave, disciplined, and indifferent to comfort … Continue reading
sow, vb. Part A: Inflection: sow / sowed / sown. In the past participle, *"sowed" is a variant form. In modern print sources, "sown" predominates by a 6-to-1 ratio. Part B: Sowing wild oats. To "sow" is to scatter seed. … Continue reading
sour grapes. This is one of the most commonly misused idiomatic metaphors. It is not a mere synonym of "envy" or "jealousy." Rather, as in Aesop's fable about the fox who wanted the grapes he could not reach, "sour grapes" … Continue reading
Miscellaneous Entries. sound bite. So spelled — not *"sound byte." E.g.: "Although this was a fairly logical prediction to make, knowing the teams, their styles, and their media sound bytes [read 'bites'] throughout the week, Kawakami hit the nail on … Continue reading