Barbara Burke

More about “Less”

March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a follow up to the “less or fewer” post, let’s clear up the confusion between “I could care less” and “I couldn’t care less.” If you really are at the bottom of caring, then you’ll want to say “I could not care less.” As in, “Nope, that’s it. I care about everything else in…

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FTC’s Scam bingo

March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The FTC’s blog keeps me up to date on the latest frauds for my Title World Tales stories (a never ending source of ideas, unfortunately!). Here’s the latest, giving all of you stay-at-home folks something to do – compete to stop scams! https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/now-more-ever-spot-scams-ftcscambingo?utm_source=govdelivery

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Less or Fewer?

March 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

These words are similar but not interchangeable. Less is used for indefinite amounts, as in “We have had less rain this year than last year.” Fewer is used for specific, number-related amounts, as in “Fewer people attended this year than last year.”

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HOA has done what?

March 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

A homeowners association has threatened to fine its residents as much as $250 per day for posting negative comments about the HOA and their neighbors on social media. https://realtybiznews.com/arizona-homeowners-association-threatens-to-fine-members-over-social-media-comments/98757464/ Your thoughts? I know what mine are 🙂

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National Grammar Day

March 4, 2020 | 1 Comment

In honor of National Grammar Day on March 4, 2020, I bring you this head-shaking (excerpted) ad for a grammar-based TV show: “The celebrity who’s team guesses the most correct words in a minute wins.” Sigh . . .

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A “Duh” moment

February 26, 2020 | 3 Comments

Have you ever scrubbed a glass baking dish and couldn’t seem to get that last little bit of food off no matter how much you scrub? I did that recently. It took me almost 5 minutes before I realized that the food was on the other side of the dish. Duh . . . sigh…

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Historic versus Historical

November 26, 2019 | 2 Comments

Historical = something old, like an old house Historic = something old and important, like an old house where a famous author lived Try to avoid using “historically” to modify the word “important” because that can lead to confusion. If you could say “important occasion,” then go with “historic occasion” instead of “historical occasion.” Use…

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Can You Guess Where I am?

November 22, 2019 | 2 Comments

If you can guess where I am in this picture, you may get to post your own travel picture!

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What about Sock Seams?

November 22, 2019 | 1 Comment

Would someone please tell me why we are taught to put on our socks with the seam on the inside, so that the seam hits our toes? Is it because we want our socks to look neat if anyone ever sees them without being covered by shoes? If that’s the reason, then I’ll let you…

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Standardized Loan Closing Instructions

November 22, 2019 | 3 Comments

I was in Austin, Texas, recently, attending the 2019 ALTA annual convention. You have to see the Barton Springs pool, by the way, if you are ever in Austin – it’s 3 football-fields long! And freezing, of course, being spring-fed water (yes, I think 72 degrees is freezing). Here is an interesting tidbit I heard…

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