Empathetic and empathic

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By Mary Morel Reader’s question: So many people say empathetic but I like empathic. What’s your view? Answer: I think they can be used interchangeably, but Daily Writing Tips has an interesting take on these words. In summary, it says: ‘Because of the Star Trek influence, I … Read More

e-words

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By Mary Morel Did you know that the ‘e’ in e-words stands for ‘electronic’? We invent new words all the time and we’ve made several new words by putting ‘e’ in front of them. I wonder if the original meaning … Read More

Disinterested versus uninterested

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By Mary Morel If you are not interested in something are you disinterested or uninterested? disinterested Disinterested means impartial. I am disinterested in politics. uninterested Uninterested means not interested in. I am uninterested in music. I wonder if this distinction is dying out. … Read More

Deprecate versus depreciate

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By Mary Morel deprecate Deprecate means to put down or disapprove of. He made deprecating remarks about the evening. depreciate Depreciate means to decline in value. The property depreciated. He made deprecating remarks that led to the property depreciating in value.   … Read More

Palindrome: a definition and examples

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By Mary Morel Have you ever wondered what a palindrome is? A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same way forwards or backwards. Anna don’t nod madam nurses run A Toyota’s a Toyota Watch this YouTube video that reads the exact opposite … Read More

Ampersands (&)

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By Mary Morel Ampersands in business writing Reader’s question: When do you use an ampersand (&) instead of ‘and’? Answer: You can use ampersands in titles, signage and website buttons where space is limited or the ampersand is part of … Read More

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