Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

All’s Fair in Love and Words

The headline was confusing to say the least. “No foul play in fair food prices” Huh? It’s not that foul and fair should never appear in a sentence together. Take this example: Everyone agreed calling the long ball foul was fair. Perhaps not the best sentence, but in this context most readers understand the intended […]

Word of the Week – delusional

  Humor is usually a good way to make a point. And this picture makes the point I needed to make with a recent client who had difficulty making the distinction between deluded and diluted. Yet another pair of words that sound alike, but should not be used interchangeably. Our young lady on the unicorn […]

Stuck

I have a torus palatinus. No, that’s not some obscene fetish. An oral tori is bony growth that occurs on the palate or jaw. Common, harmless, and normally painless, mine is on the roof of my mouth and doesn’t usually bother me. Except. Except when a piece of food gets stuck in the narrow crevice […]

No one chooses to lose. Or do they?

If you need another example of the confusion that reigns in the English language, I tackle another set of confusables today: choose – chose and loose – lose. Even though they look similar – normally a hint for rhyming words, there's not a rhyming pair in the bunch. You want to start with choose – […]

Take a Deep Breath

Judging from this sign I saw recently on a computer terminal at an eatery, I’m not the only one who has to stop and think about when to use breath and when breathe is the right choice. Let me clear up the confusion for the sign writer and anyone else who needs some help with […]