Is it correct to say Person A is the “spitting image” or the “splitting image” of Person B?

I understand that when trying to describe a person who has a resemblance to another, the common term is spitting image. As in: Person A is a spitting image of Person B. Here’s my issue, I’ve recently heard some people saying splitting image as opposed to spitting image and upon thinking about it, splitting image … Read more

How did the word “busybody” end up meaning so different from what it appears on its face to imply?

When I learned the word busybody the first time, I was in 5th grade. It appeared in a story I had to learn for class. I figured it meant someone who was very busy, and didn’t bother to look it up. When the teacher asked us if I had looked it up as I was … Read more

“Emigrant” vs. “immigrant”

While studying one word substitution I came across these two words, what I understood till now is like this: Emigrant: One who leaves his own country to reside to another. Immigrant: A person who comes to one country from another to settle. For example: “A Swedish woman decides to emigrate to America. To herself, and … Read more

What is the difference between “raise” and “rise”?

What is the difference between raise and rise? When and how should I use each one? Answer “Raise” when used as a verb is transitive: it requires that you have a direct object, a noun of some kind that you are applying the verb to. For example, “I must raise an objection“—”an objection” is the … Read more

What is the difference between “lay” and “lie”?

How do I know when to use lay and when to use lie, and what are the different forms of each verb? I’m always getting them confused. Answer The verb lay is transitive. You lay something on the table. The verb lie is intransitive. You lie on the table when you are operated upon. The … Read more