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Naming Hallmark

Hallmark Cards got its name from Joyce C. Hall, who bought an engraving shop along with his brothers in 1910. Would it have taken off had they just called it Hall Cards? This is part of a complete episode.

Doctor’s Appointment

Why do we say that we have a doctor’s appointment instead of an appointment with a doctor? After all, we don’t say we have accountant’s appointments or attorney’s appointments. This is part of a complete episode.

Commas With Modifiers

Would you prefer a low, six-figure salary or a low six-figure salary? With the comma, there are two independent modifiers for the salary; it’s six figures and by the speaker’s standards, it’s low. Without the comma, it’s...

Happy Figures of Speech

If you’re as happy as if someone were throwing pork at you, you’re pretty darn happy. And if something is higher than a cat’s back, it’s pretty darn high. This is part of a complete episode.

Reckon

When it comes to words like reckon, is it true that Southerners preserve the Queen’s English? This is part of a complete episode.

Reading Signatures

What does your signature say about you? In today’s world of PIN-codes and electronic communication, maybe not so much. This is part of a complete episode.

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