November 21, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


Synonyms can be revealing

A relay baton is a symbol of teamwork and cooperation; a cudgel is a weapon for beating people into submission. […]

Worse errors than hopefully

Let’s save our linguistic passion for the errors that matter. […]

Tautology and Pleonasms

Much of our legal phraseology derives from a time when English, Latin, and French were jostling for dominance in English. […]

How does “angry” differ from “indignant”?

Since both “angry” and “indignant” mean “feeling wrathful,” what difference can be found between them? […]


In ancient Greece, citizens voted to ostracize dangerous politicians. Nowadays, dangerous politicians ostracize citizens. […]