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Feb
6

Grammar and Usage: “attain” vs. “obtain”

“Obtain” and “attain” have similar pronunciations and meanings, but they do not generally overlap in usage. “Attain” has more the idea of achieving a goal or reaching a level or degree. “Obtain” has more the idea of actually getting something, actually taking possession…

Dec
13

WOTY In The Classroom

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Every year, Word of the Year programs stimulate interesting discussions about the state of the world and our culture. While most of these conversations begin on the Internet or social media, they can start at home or in the classroom. Today, Wordsmyth would…

Dec
4

continuously vs. continually

  Continually   and   Continuously.  It seems that these words should have the same meaning, but in their use by good writers there is a difference. What is done continually is not done all the time, but continuous action is without interruption.…

Jul
17

alloy

alloy noun ae loI 1. a combined form of two or more metals, or of a metal with a nonmetal, sometimes using an inferior ingredient with a more costly one. example: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper. 2. the relative degree…