Reports

Stories of Different Stripes

Every word has its story: its unique pathway into the English language. Some are longer and more intricate than others, while some follow a surprising route. The first instalment of this series looks at zebra and quagga, two words describing different members of the same species. Like the creatures themselves, neither word is native to the English-speaking world. However, the commonality of their genetics does not extend to the names we give them, one of which originated far from the plains of southern Africa…

Native American, First Nations or Aboriginal?

Many users have wondered what the difference is between terms like Native AmericanFirst NationsAboriginalIndian, etc., and which ones are considered acceptable. 

Than I or Than Me?

Many English speakers wonder whether it is better to use subject pronouns (Iheshewethey) or object pronouns (mehimherusthem) after comparatives than and as.

Antidote: a Reference

As a user of Antidote, you might have wondered how to cite our dictionaries and guides in a reference.

Singular They

Of all areas of disputed English grammar, the use of they to refer to a singular antecedent is among the most prominent.