Did you know that Dictionary.com has a word quiz and blog, in addition to their always useful thesaurus? This is a fantastic resource for a content writer, looking to clarify grammar rules learned in tenth grade. Or for the girl with a stack of thank you notes to write that wants to add a little vocab flourish. For word nerds, it’s a fun website to explore to take vocab quizzes and read the blog, which features grammar rules in an easy to read way with examples.
Some common word mistakes explained by Dictionary.com include:
- Fewer vs. Less: Use fewer when referring to countable things and less when referring to abstract things. Example: We have less money after visiting the wine store. We have fewer bottles of wine in our collection after our impromptu Friday night get together with friends.
- Well vs. Good: “In general, use well to describe an activity or health, and good to describe a thing.” Example: The good wine we drank last night was worth it, even though I do not feel well this morning.
- Then vs. Than: Use then to describe time or consequence, and than when comparing. Example: I would rather send a thank you note late than never send one at all. Then, make sure to thank the friend in person for the gift, and acknowledge the delay in the note’s arrival.
- Pique, Peak, vs. Peek: Pique means to excite, peak is a high point, and peek is a glance. Example: My interest about sommeliers was piqued by the sneak peek of the documentary, Somm. Our trip to California was the peak of my wine tasting career.
Even in this world of texts and 140 characters and common atrocious abbreviations like converting “you” to “u”, grammar and vocabulary are still important. Writing is a bigger business now than ever before, with content reigning king for brands and companies from every industry. Even if you’re not writing for any other purpose or to further your career, writing a grammatically correct and eloquent thank you note is a skill that will never go out of style.
PS – Word nerds, have a little grammar with your cup of coffee with this funny grammar mug.