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Dear Geist, Are the expressions dull as dishwater and dull as ditchwater related? Read more

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Dear Geist, What is the difference, if any, between jealousy and envy? Read more

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Dear Geist, Which of these three sentences, if any, are grammatically okay? (1) I would have loved to go. (2) I would love to have gone. (3) I would have loved to have gone. Read more

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Dear Geist, Did I really hear someone utter this sentence at a conference? “We want to data this for a few more weeks.” Read more

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Dear Geist, Which is grammatically correct: middle-size dog, or middle-sized dog? Read more

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Dear Geist, What is so funny about this exchange on CBC Radio? Read more

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Dear Geist, Are the terms West Coast and west coast interchangeable? Read more

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Dear Geist, Am I racking or wracking my brains? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is there a recent comprehensive list of Indigenous groups in Canada? Read more

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Dear Geist, What's the difference between instinctive and instinctual? Read more

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Dear Geist, What thesaurus do you recommend for a writer wet behind the ears? Read more

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Dear Geist, What did my writing group leader think was so funny about a sentence I wrote in a short story? Read more

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Dear Geist, Which is correct, (a), (b), or both? (a) All of them are overdressed for the hike; (b) None of them is properly dressed for the hike. Read more

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Dear Geist, Please settle a bet on biweekly—does it mean twice a week, or every second week? Read more

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Dear Geist, What's your policy on using gender pronouns when referring to animals? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is anyone but me sick to death of “impossibly,” the new (sort of) favourite adverb in contemporary fiction? Read more

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What exactly is a preface? How long should it be? My editor has asked me to write one for my first book of non-fiction—a collection of essays, coming out in a few months—and I’m too embarrassed to admit my ignorance. Is it like an introduction? Read more

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Which is right: “Science is yet to find out why” (as it is worded in a reputable political/business magazine), or “Science has yet to find out why” (as I think it should be worded)? Read more

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Does "three year old" have hyphens in it, or not? Read more

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What is the past tense of hang, in the sense of a person being hung (or hanged)? It would be grand if we never had occasion to use the term again, but meanwhile... Read more

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ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

 

Can you possibly tell me immediately, or sooner, the difference if any between luxurious and luxuriant

 
—Fingers-Crossed Dean
 

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