The Eternal Quest for Meaning

Stand back, everybody. I’m about to go into Usage Nazi Mode. Most of us, I hope, understand the difference between its and it’s, your and you’re, and their, there and they’re, but here are a few other words that seem to trip a lot of people up. Rain is water that falls from the sky. Reign is what monarchs do. A rein is one of the straps a horse wears on its head and neck, which you can use to give the horse instructions. Thus, to “rein in” somebody is to exercise greater control over them, as if using the reins to control a horse. Likewise, if you give somebody “free rein” you aren’t making any effort to control them. Except in cases of bloodbending or demonic possession, nobody gets t

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