Why do the words “river” and “lake” sometimes follow the proper name, as in River Thames and Lake Michigan, and at other times come before them, as in Mississippi River and Cayuga Lake? Rivers and lakes have different sets of naming conventions.
The terms Britain, United Kingdom and England, among others, are a source of confusion for many people outside (and even inside) the British Isles. With so many overlapping names and entities, it is no surprise that people have trouble choosing their words when talking about these islands and their inhabitants. In this article, we will look at these different names, what they mean and how to use them.
The English lexicon for people living outside their country of origin has been shaped by the historical forces of colonialism, globalization, immigration and war.
English has borrowed numerous words from Classical Latin and Ancient Greek while conserving the original plurals, which are known as neoclassical plurals. Examples are vertebrae and syllabi.
Many users have wondered what the difference is between terms like Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, Indian, etc., and which ones are considered acceptable.
Many English speakers wonder whether it is better to use subject pronouns (I, he, she, we, they) or object pronouns (me, him, her, us, them) after comparatives than and as.
As a user of Antidote, you might have wondered how to cite our dictionaries and guides in a reference.