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Grammar Police Monday - Guilty As Charged

Indite vs Indict
Indite (archaic) means to compose or write.
Indict means to formally charge with a crime; to accuse of wrongdoing.

Insight vs Incite
Insight is intuitive understanding; the ability to see inner character or underlying truth.
For someone so young, he has a lot of insight.

Incite means to encourage, to stimulate into action.
The protesters incited a riot.

Compare to vs Compare with
These two are sometimes interchangeable, but compared to is used when you're stressing similarity, whereas compared with is used when you're examining both similarities and differences.

Compared to mom's cooking, cafeteria food tastes like garbage.
Bob compared a Chevy with a Ford to see which truck was the better buy.


Now for a not-so-fun announcement...

Google Reader will be gone as of July 1st. 
(Nope. Not kidding.)

If you want to protest the change, some people are doing that here. There are many more. Just google (ironically) 'Petition Google.'

If you're looking for alternatives, Feedly is one app you can try. I'm sure people will be blogging about other alternatives. At least we have a few months to figure out what to do.

In working toward my own transition, I've been adding blogs to the new reader and deleting them from 'follow by email.' If I've disappeared from your blog roll, that's probably why.

Thanks for visiting. :)


  1. Hey, this is great! Funny how some words sound so similar and mean totally different things.

    Btw, you won something. Check my place for details. :)

  2. Always good stuff, Melissa. I never used Google reader too much-- mainly rely on my dashboard and wordpress dashboard for my blog reading. Perhaps I was missing out!

    1. I resisted Google Reader for a while and relied on 'follow by email.' Then Alex posted about making folders. Once I did that, I discovered I could visit blogs more quickly (or at least it seemed that way) and (best of all) I could see when I'd visited everyone on the list (could 'mark them as read'). I also wasn't subjected to the delay between post time and email notification or limited by folks not having a 'follow by email' option on their blog.

      One thing I like better about Feedly is it lets me organize my folders in the order I want them--via drag and drop, as a matter of fact! Google Reader put them in alphabetical order, which forced me to alter the names of my folders to move them around.

  3. I've been using Feedly for the past few days and it's not bad. It seems more easy to customize and is fairly user friendly.

    We'll see how it goes :)

  4. Another good GPM post! I'm going to look into freedly too, would be a good time to start getting organized. :D

  5. That compare thing is tricky. I'll try to keep it mind. Thanks for the lesson. :)

  6. I've heard great things about Feedly and am planning to check it out.

    I have trouble with the compare thing, will have to remember this post next time it comes up. Never even heard of indite, interesting!

  7. Feedly is a great alternative. Think I like it even better.

  8. Indite was a new word for me. Interesting about compare. I like learning new stuff :)

  9. Man…Just when I was learning how to use Reader. Ugh!

    Thanks for the insightful info.

    1. I hear ya. Me, too. I had JUST figured it out after Alex posted about putting them into folders in Reader. At least my time organizing them wasn't for naught. My folders imported just fine, so no need to do all that again. ;)

  10. Yeah, sad news that about Google Reader. I wish the petitioners well, but I don't think it'll do much good. Here's to hoping I'm wrong though. I think I'm settling on Feedly myself.

  11. I banned Google Reader after it left Wordpress. Great lesson today. :)

  12. It's cool to hear about the "compared to" and "compared with" differences. I never heard of those before so I'll have to keep them in mind. I also think it would make things easier if we just make "indict" into "indite" since that definition is archaic anyway. That c doesn't do anything. :)

  13. Thanks for the grammar tips. And I'll have to check Feedly out.

  14. These are great grammar reminders! Thanks for posting this.

  15. Ha! I never knew the word "indite."

    It's really unfortunate that Feedly thumbs their nose at us IE users. *sigh* I'm trying The Old Reader.

  16. Hi, Melissa,
    These reminders are always useful. Don't use Google reader as it doesn't seem to work half the time.


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