River Thames, Mississippi River, Lake Michigan, Cayuga Lake: the Where and Why of Word Order

August, 2017 Language Matters

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.

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Navigating the British Isles: A Lexical Guide

June, 2017 Language Matters

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.

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Migrant, Refugee, Immigrant and Expatriate: What is the difference?

April, 2017 Language Matters

The English lexicon for people living outside their country of origin has been shaped by the historical forces of colonialism, globalization, immigration and war. 

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The Singular Forms of Criteria and Bacteria

February, 2017 Language Matters

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.

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Native American, First Nations or Aboriginal?

December, 2016 Language Matters

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

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Than I or Than Me?

October, 2016 Language Matters

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

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Antidote: a Reference

August, 2016 Language Matters

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

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