Know Your Dictionary

“Must you say “I have gotten” or can you say “I have got”? Is it “She hanged the picture on the wall” or “She hung the picture on the wall”? Why can you turn smart into smarter but you can’t turn intelligent into intelligenter. How many hyphens are in the sentence “A water skier water-skis on water skis”? (Spoiler: It’s not three.) What’s the plural of “medium”? When you need a pickup truck to pick up something, are both instances of pickup written the same way? Should there be a hyphen in “communitywide” The answers to all these seemingly baffling questions and more are in your dictionary. Here’s how to find them.

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