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Words, words, words: May ’15

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Write it right

Power to the people

The plural of person, in most cases, is people. You would write, “Most people arrived at the conference before 9 a.m.”, not “Most persons …” There are some rare exceptions when “persons” wins out.  For example, “missing persons,” “persons of interest” and “displaced persons.” There’s a tendency to use “people” for uncountable masses, and “persons” for the easily counted: “Of all the people in attendance, there are only two persons who really don’t belong here.” As a general rule, stick with people.

Say it right

It snuck right by you

Technically, “snuck” isn’t a word. Yes, it rolls off the tongue nicely: “Those bills just snuck up on me.”  Remember: I sneak, you sneaked, they have sneaked, etc.  

Spell it right

“All” are affected

It’s accidentally, not accidently or accidentaly. A mnemonic: Think “the accident affects all” in order to remember the “ally” at the end of the word.

Wise Words

Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation. — Benjamin Disraeli

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to ­success when they gave up. — Thomas A. Edison

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