Articles by Abbi Booth

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March 11, 2019 ACES News

Which Dictionary?

Here are some key dictionaries, which style guides use them, and differences among them.

February 7, 2019

Meet the 2019 ACES board candidates

Meet the nine people running for five positions in the 2019 ACES Executive Committee election.

January 10, 2019 ACES News

Speech Scientist Rupal Patel to be keynote speaker at ACES 2019

ACES announces 2019 keynote speaker

January 1, 2019 ACES News

A Two-Carat Post

Somehow, the jewelry business wound up with two homophones to classify the two materials it uses most, gold and gems.

January 1, 2019 ACES News

A Heart-Rending Usage Tip

One definition of heart-wrenching is “injuring by violent twisting or straining.” However, the traditional idiom is heart-rending.

January 1, 2019 ACES News

Chiasmus X Marks the Spot

A chiasmus is a rhetorical device in which the order of the terms in the first of two parallel clauses is reversed in the second.

January 1, 2019 ACES News

Clamp Down on Unhelping Verbs

Too often, writers will unnecessarily build up verb phrases, which is known as smothering verbs.

January 1, 2019 ACES News

Clique, Claque, Cloqué

Some words, like clique, claque, cloqué, are just fun to say.

January 1, 2019

Confusables: Assure, Ensure, and Insure

​Spellcheck probably won’t help you choose correctly among assure, ensure, and insure.

January 1, 2019 ACES News

Confusables: Defuse and Diffuse

The near-homophones defuse and diffuse can give writers and editors some trouble.