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Commonly confused phrases

December 31st, 2013 in Style Guide

Even experienced writers often mess up common phrases. Here is a list of common phrases that most of us seem to get wrong frequently.

Common proverbs

August 15th, 2013 in Style Guide

Proverbs are wise sayings. You can find quite a few proverbs in almost all languages. Interestingly, different languages sometimes have proverbs with similar meanings.

Figurative expressions

July 16th, 2013 in Style Guide

In English, we use many imaginative expressions to describe things in a more interesting manner. These are known as figurative expressions. In figurative expressions, words are used in a different way.

Metaphors with colors

June 13th, 2013 in Style Guide

The names of colors have inspired the formation of several metaphors in English. In this lesson we will take a look at some of these idiomatic expressions.

Blue rinse

Oxymoron and hyperbole

July 21st, 2012 in Style Guide

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that uses two contradictory ideas. The effect is often paradoxical and leaves a powerful impact on the reader / listener. Better still, an oxymoron can sometimes add a whole new layer of meaning to the core concept. Here are some examples of common oxymora in English. (Oxymora is the plural form of oxymoron.)

What exactly is standard English?

November 30th, 2010 in Style Guide

Standard English is that particular variety of English which is regarded as appropriate for most types of public discourse. This is the kind of English used for broadcasting and in almost all publication. It is also the kind of English used in conversation with anyone other than intimates.

Parts of Speech Part V

January 3rd, 2010 in Style Guide


Hyperbole means exaggeration. In a hyperbole things are described as being bigger or smaller than they really are.