Category Archives: Usage

What’s the difference between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’?

The words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ each have several different meanings, but they are also often used interchangeably to mean ‘the state of being male or female’. However, there is a subtle — and some say important — difference between them … Continue reading

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I’m different than you

Doesn’t sound right, does it? But in American English, ‘different than’ is a perfectly acceptable alternative to ‘different from’. For example, ‘Children often feel different than their parents about this.’ In British English, we tend to use ‘different from’ in … Continue reading

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An easy way to avoid sexism in your writing

If you’ve ever felt guilty about being forced to choose between using either a male or a female example in your writing, here’s an easy way to avoid it which should work in a large number of cases. Avoid sexism … Continue reading

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Is writing in capitals ever a good idea?

Think twice before writing anything in capitals – whether individual words, complete sentences or (horror of horrors) whole paragraphs. Some people think that writing in capitals, or upper case letters, can make their words or meanings stand out. That is … Continue reading

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