mind your language
Loading page

The Aussiest Things You Can Ask Cortana In Windows 10

Last week, Microsoft released an official Australian version of Cortana on Windows 10. In addition to having a genuine accent, the Australian version of Cortana will give Aussie-centric response to a range of questions and commands. Does it do a decent job? Read our Q&A session and decide for yourself…

The 10 Most Annoying Writing Mistakes [Infographic]

There’s no such thing as a perfect writer. Even professionals make mistakes from time to time, as our readers never fail to point out. (Thanks for keeping us on our toes, guys!) But some writing errors are so boneheaded and easily avoidable that they infuriate pedants and casuals alike. Here are 10 common screw-ups that every writer needs to avoid, from the embarrassing misuse of homophones to confounding double negatives.

From Murphy To Godwin: Ten Life 'Laws' They Don't Teach In Law School

These aren’t the sort of laws that a police officer will pull you over for breaking, or that will ever be debated in a courtroom. Nevertheless, common adages that for one reason or another masquerade as ‘laws’ can pop up in everyday conversation — particularly on the internet. In case you’re looking to expand your online vocabulary, we’ve tracked down ten ‘laws’ that govern your life in ways you might not expect.

When To Properly Use 'Me,' 'Myself,' And 'I'

Love it or hate it, grammar is an important part of communication. This TED-Ed video explains how to properly refer to yourself, and when.

Ten Popular Grammar Myths Debunked By A Harvard Linguist

Primary school students learning how to write simultaneously learn the rules of grammar, and the two approaches can be difficult to balance.

Mind Your Language: Per Cent Or Percent?

Do you use per cent or percent when writing about breaking things up into parts of a hundred? There’s a technically correct way to do it.

Who Has A Problem With Whom?

Who has a problem with the word “whom”? For whom should we devote grammar lessons? Who talks ill of the English language? Whom should we throw in jail?

Ring Me After You've Been Put Through The Wringer

It’s not pleasant to be put through the wringer, a common metaphor for a draining experience. It’s also not pleasant to see that spelled incorrectly as put through the ringer.

Flares Are Back In, So Wear Them With Flair

Fashion cycles dictate that flares are “in” again. We’re not sure how we feel about this. What we are sure of is that you shouldn’t confuse flares and flairs.

Gist Is Not Spelled With A J, Folks

The gist is simple: gist is spelled with a G, not a J. It’s one of a handful of English words which begin with a soft G sound and are spelled that way. Gin, anyone?

Loading page