Category: Grammar Guy

Column: A world of pure exaggeration

Commentary by Curtis Honeycutt We need to talk about “literally.” I’m afraid we’re not using it “correctly.” Now, before you accuse me of being a Captain Crankypants about this, hear me out for a...

Column: When to upgrade your van

Commentary by Curtis Honeycutt It stinks getting tripped up by words, especially words which are practically identical. It’s like trying to distinguish between a set of twins who look exactly the same except that...

Column: Cache, cachet and cash

Question: I need some help here: I see the words “cache” and “cachet” more and more often, and I want to make sure I’m using them correctly. Are they interchangeable? Answer: If there’s a...

Column: “A” or “an?”

Question: Dear Grammar Guy, I’m constantly worried I’m not using “an” correctly, or not using it when I should be. The only word I feel really sure about using it before is “honor.” Does...

Column: Adjectives: When to hyphenate them

Question: I know sometimes adjectives need to be hyphenated before nouns, but there are plenty of times when I would expect a hyphen and don’t see one. Are there rules to help sort things...