Is “redact” an acceptable substitute for “delete” or “omit?”

To answer this question, we should look at the definitions of each of these words. Using the Merriam-Webster dictionary, we find the following definitions:

redact: (1) to put in writing; (2) to select or to adapt by obscuring or removing information for publication; and (3) to obscure or remove text from a document prior to publication

delete: (1) to remove something from a document, recording or computer files

omit: (1) to leave out, to not include; (2) to fail to do something

Reading these definitions shows us that the words “redact” and “delete” are similar and as such can be used as synonyms in specific situations. To remove something when redacting does contain the further implication that one is doing so in preparation for publication. Thus, a selective author may redact or delete an entire chapter before releasing his book to his publishing house.

That said, someone can delete something without any intention of publication. You may choose to delete half of the five hundred photos stored on your smart phone and it is certain that you are not doing so because you plan to publish the remaining ones.

What does “thot” mean and when was it first used?

The word “thot” has more than one meaning. Most basically, it is a lazier way of typing “thought” in conversation. By excluding the ‘ugh’, the word is theoretically easier to write and therefore used a lot in text conversations, instant messaging, and even on platforms like Twitter than require condensed messages. This version of “thot” likely came into existence as the social world shifted to a highly phone- and internet-oriented way of communication.

In more recent years, however, “thot” has taken on a new shape. Defined as “that ho over there”, this kind of “thot” is meant to describe a promiscuous but well-dressed woman. The plural, “thotties”, and the adjective, “thot”, make the word very flexible and pun-friendly. It is also easy to rhyme with other words, making it a catchy choice for many rap songs. In fact, rap is where this term originated.

Chicago is often credited for the creation and widespread use of the term “thot”. In Chief Keef’s song, “Love No Thotties”, the word and its versatility is used throughout the lyrics. As this word has gained traction in the music industry, so have other closely related expressions and puns. “Thot pocket”, “thot sauce”, and “penny for your thot” are just a few examples of how the word can be used. #YouKnowYouAThot is a hashtag that has made its rounds on the internet. The brevity of the word, its ability to be rhymed into funny puns, and its slang quality has made it popular on memes too.

How do you respond back to “Hi, How is it going?”

When someone greets you by saying, “Hi, how is it going?” they are asking you how you are doing or feeling. The phrase is a fairly common one in everyday American English. You will hear friends share the greeting, as will those who do not know each other well.

The correct response to this greeting is dependent on how you are feeling or what is going on in your life when someone asks you. To respond to this greeting, one would normally say something like, “It’s going fine” or, “I’m good, thank you.” These are appropriate responses to the question most of the time. However, if you are sick, unhappy, or going through a hard time, you might just as easily respond by saying something like, “Not great, but I’ll live.”

Although the greeting is often meant as a way of checking on someone’s well being, to make sure they are feeling good, have good health, or are doing well in life, it can also be used as an off-hand comment. For example, if you see someone you know but weren’t expecting to see, you might greet them this way as a courtesy, to start a conversation, even if you aren’t really that interested in their response.

Another example of using this phrase as an off-hand comment would be when a relative comes to visit. You might greet them with, “Hi, how’s it going?” when they walk in the door, merely to acknowledge that they have arrived or to show that you care that they are around.

Recur vs. Reoccur

Maybe you’ve heard the word “recur” and used it in a sentence before without thinking. Most likely, you’ve also heard and used the word “reoccur”. But have you ever stopped to look at “recur” and “reoccur” side by side and wondering what is the difference between them?

There are differences between the two words, although they are subtle. Something the is “recurring” – meaning it “recurs” – is something that happens repeatedly. Often, this could be occurring repeatedly at regular intervals. On the other hand, something that is “reoccurring” and therefore “reoccurs” is something that happens again, but it is not necessarily repeated at regular intervals as with “recurring” things. Because of the predictive properties of “recur”, describing an event that is expected to happen again is generally considered “recurring”. Similarly, an event that is not necessarily expected to happen again would be considered “reoccurring”.

Some examples of event that recur versus the ones which reoccur would include an American presidential election. These elections recur every four years, but it is not expected that a recount will reoccur with every election. Similarly, in temperature climates, it is expected that winter will recur annually along with snowfall, colder temperatures, and leaves falling from trees. A record-breaking blizzard, on the other hand, is not an expected reoccurrence. The differences between these words are subtle, but that subtly can be taken advantage of to convey a more meaningful message. Knowing these subtle meaning differences will also provide useful insight while reading other texts.

What is the correct abbreviation for millions, billions and trillions in a financial context?

Large number units contain so many figure places that the numbers can be overwhelming to write and interpret. For this reason, there is a tendency to shorthand numbers with letters. This is not necessarily done in the Roman Numerals sense, where one hundred is represented by a C, fifty by an L, ten by an X, five by a V, and one by a I, and so forth. However, the purpose is somewhat similar. But what is the correct abbreviation for millions, billions, and trillions when used in a financial context?

Millions are most commonly expressed with the leading letter, M. Similarly, billions is represented by the letter B. As can be expected, trillions is therefore shorthanded by the letter T. In this way, numbers can be quickly abbreviated. Rather than writing $1,000,000, one can simply write $1M for one million dollars. $5,000,000,000, or five billion dollars, is therefore $5B. Finally, $10,000,000,000, or ten trillion dollars, is $10T. This kind of abbreviation is particularly useful for more complicated numbers that contain decimals. For example, $1,700,000 can be represented as $1.7M. $2,350,000,000 is also written as $2.35B.

These abbreviations are also useful when writing articles in the paper. For example, articles discussing investments or stock market values often use shorthanded numbers to express large values. It would be unrealistic to use large numbers in headlines, but, with abbreviated numbers, the headlines can be easily written and therefore read.

Is it “bear” or “bare” with me?

Is it to “bear with me” or “bare with me”? In order to answer this question, we must first examine the meanings of the two words: “bear” and “bare”. “Bear” is always used as a noun or a verb. As a noun, bear is a giant furry animal that roams in the forest and loves eating fish. But when used as a verb, “bear” can mean:
– To hold up, to support, to accept, to endure;
– To hold or remain firm under;
– To produce by natural growth;
– To hold up under;
– To press or push against;
– To hold or carry (oneself, one’s body…etc.)
– To be worthy of, to deserve or allow
On the other hand, “bare” is always used as an adjective describing a state of nakedness, lack of covering, or lack of adornment.
The second step to solve this question is to understand the meaning of the phrase “bear/bare with me”. In general, it is used as a polite colloquial way of asking or telling someone to be patient while you do or finish a task. This explanation quickly points out the correct word to use is “bear” and not “bare”. If we were to use the word “bare”, the phrase would become an invitation to be naked or undressed with the other person.
And in case you are wondering, bear is also the correct spelling for these phrases:
– Bear down on
– Bear in mind
– Bring to bear
– Grin and bear it
– Bear the brunt of

“Y’all” or “ya’ll”?

Many regions of the United States have their own ways of saying “you” plural. Although “you” is the proper way to say this subject pronoun, local dialects choose to emphasize the plurality by adding other words or by altering “you” in some sense. In parts of Appalachia, “yons” or “yinz” might be used, whereas parts of the east say “youse”. Most commonly, however, is the word “y’all” – or is it “ya’ll”?

The word “y’all” is a contraction of “you” and “all”. When contractions form in English, an apostrophe is used to replace vowels that had previously been in an expression. An example of this would be “isn’t”. Because “isn’t” is a contraction of the words “is” and “not”, the apostrophe is used to replace the ‘o’ in “not”. That is why “isn’t” is not spelled as “is’nt”. The same rule applies to “y’all”. Since “you” is being contracted by the apostrophe, and the apostrophe is replacing the ‘ou’, the correct spelling is therefore “y’all”. Even Word processors acknowledge this spelling, despite its colloquial origin.

If one were to spell “y’all” as “ya’ll”, he or she would be implying that the word is a contraction of “ya” and “all” or something similar. Since “ya” is not a word and is clearly meant to be “you”, we know that it really is the “you” being contracted in the sentence. The apostrophe therefore stands in for the contraction of that word, and the word “all” follows without change. Y’all get it now?