Gendered words

It seems you did so not with reason or deduction, but something akin to female intuition. London Spy, Episode 2 This quote from London Spy starring Ben Whishaw really got me thinking. But maybe I should set the scene first. Ben’s character, Danny, is trying to figure out how his boyfriend, Alex Turner, was murdered.… Continue reading Gendered words

Canceled or Cancelled?

This one makes absolutely no sense to me.  And, it’s tripping me up. I always thought “cancelled” was spelled with two “l”s.  That’s always the way I’d seen it spelled.  At least until now, that is.  These days I’ve seen it spelled more often “canceled”.  I don’t know why this is, but it’s gotten to… Continue reading Canceled or Cancelled?

Lying or Laying?

This has always been a bit confusing for me.  Yes, even English majors get confused about words. I know “lying” is the gerund form of “to lie,” and that’s a no brainer.  Lying simply means not telling the truth. What I’m talking about is something like “So and so is laying down”.  Do we write… Continue reading Lying or Laying?