Confusing words: mugwump

Origin: The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the United States presidential election of 1884. Theyswitched parties because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine. In a close election, the Mugwumps supposedly made the difference in… Read More

Confusing words: Maybe or May Be

“Maybe” is an adverb that means “perhaps.” (Use “maybe” if you can replace it with “perhaps.”). “May be” is a verb phrase that expresses possibility. We use it to talk about something that has a chance of happening.

Sneaked or Snuck?

Sneak (snik) v. sneak n., adj. v.i. 1. to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk. 2. to act in a furtive or underhand way. v.t. 3. to move, put, pass, etc., in a stealthy or furtive manner: He sneaked the gun into his pocket. 4. to do, take, or have hurriedly or surreptitiously:… Read More

New Words Oxford English Dictionary 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary takes into consideration adding new words every year. It’s safe to say that looking at the new words can give you a good gauge of what’s trending in our society. This year is no different. Check out the new words added for 2016 below.