Lectern vs. Podium vs. Pulpit (Grammar Rules)

For this grammar rules post, we’re going to dig into three terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, though they have different meanings. All three are often referred to when people are up speaking in front of an audience, but it’s not uncommon for the wrong term to be used in a given situation. So let’s … Read more

What Is a Contronym in Writing?

On this site, I’ve discussed the differences between antonyms, homonyms, and synonyms, but I recently came across a new (to me) term: contronym. And it’s actually a pretty useful term and idea, especially for writers who like playing around with meaning and interpretation. So let’s peel back what a contronym is. What Is a Contraonym? … Read more

Typography Since the Typewriter – Writer’s Digest

(Editor’s Note: Please enjoy this piece from Michael Arndt on typography since the typewriter. Understandably, Arndt is a little particular in how the fonts in this piece should display. However, our web platform, much like the typewriters mentioned in this piece, is a little limited in font options, so we’ve made images of his piece … Read more

Parody vs. Pastiche (Grammar Rules)

If you’ve heard the terms parody and pastiche tossed around, but you’re not sure how they’re different (or how they’re related), you’re in the right place. Because we’re about to look at what each word means and how these two similar terms differ. (Grammar Rules for Writers.) Learn when you’re using parody vs. pastiche in … Read more

Abbreviation vs. Acronym vs. Initialism (Grammar Rules)

If you have trouble understanding the difference between an abbreviation, acronym, and initialism, don’t worry: They’re easy to mix up. In fact, they often overlap each other. But this post will attempt to untangle these terms ASAP. (Grammar Rules for Writers.) Learn when you’re using an abbreviation vs. acronym vs. initialism with Grammar Rules from … Read more

Tic vs. Tick (Grammar Rules)

Tic and tick are homophones that have very different meanings. One word is often tied to involuntary (or unconscious) movements or language, while the other has to do with clocks, sounds, counting, and bloodsucking arachnids. (Common Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them.) So let’s look at the differences between tic and tick and when … Read more

Berth vs. Birth (Grammar Rules)

Anchorage and birth are two homonyms that have very different meanings. One word is closely related to creation, while the other relates to transportation, sleeping and saving a lot of space. (Common typing errors and how to fix them.) So let’s take a look at the differences between bed and birth and when to use … Read more

Medal vs. Meddle vs. Metal vs. Mettle (Grammar Rules)

Let’s start 2022 with a set of words that could annoy anyone if they weren’t paying attention: medal, interference, metal, power. In this group we have a pair of homophones and some oblique rhymes to counter that also have related meanings, although certainly not the same. (Common typing errors and how to fix them.) So … Read more