Category: Lifestyle

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Column: ‘Burned’ or ‘burnt?’

Question: “Hi Jordan! Recently a friend of mine corrected me – or attempted to – saying I should have used ‘burned’ instead of ‘burnt.’ The sentence was something like, ‘The chicken was good, but...

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Column: ‘Cache’ or ‘cachet?’

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy, can you explain the difference between ‘cache’ and ‘cachet?’ Are they just alternate spellings of the same word?” Answer: Hey, I know this one! Grammar column: Engage. If you’ve ever...

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Column: On being ‘pedantic’

Question: “Mr. Fischer, you may have heard about Jeb Bush’s run-in with a college student this week who seemed to be grammatically challenged. Perhaps your column could deal with the proper use of the...

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Column: “Lead” and “led”

Question: “Dear Jordan, I look forward to your column in The Southside Times every week. I especially enjoy your sense of humor and the fact that you don’t take grammar too seriously. Please do address the difference...

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Column: Navigating ‘none’

Question: “On a recent TV show, one of the characters said, ‘We’re in danger. We’re not safe. None of us are.’ My schooling tells me this is so wrong. It should be, ‘We’re not...

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Column: ‘Flout’ or ‘flaunt?’

Here’s a question for you: When you’re late to work, and you’re flying down the road 15 miles an hour over the speed limit, are you “flouting” the law, or “flaunting” it? The issue...

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Column: ‘Bereft’ or ‘bereaved?’

I heard something on the national news this week that sent me on a confusing journey of grammatical discovery. I’ll confess to not knowing the exact context of the statement, because there were a...

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Column: No lolling about with grammar

Question: “Hi, Grammar Guy. I read your reports on the Southside Times, which covers the south side communities of Indianapolis. Ever since I found them, I make-a-point to check out your comments every week....