Thunder and Lightning

It’s summer, and that means thunderstorms. A common spelling/grammar mistake I see is the use of the word lightening. Let’s clear up the confusion.

Lightening means to add light or to dilute the tint of a color.

She tried lightening her hair, but it turned an odd shade of red.

Lightning is an atmospheric phenomena typically seen during thunderstorms.

Ben Franklin attracted lightning with a metal key attached to a kite.

Remember, if it’s in the sky, it’s spelled without the e. 

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Happy Father’s Day!

In case you didn’t know, today is the Sunday in June we honor the fathers in our lives. You may be tempted to call it “Fathers’ Day” or “Fathers Day” to pluralize it. However, the official (and Grammar Cop-accepted) holiday is called Father’s Day.

If you honor more than one father or dad, remember to use the correct plural form, fathers or dads. There is no apostrophe!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.