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Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

knick-knack, knickknack

Knick-knack is the preferred spelling, although this word is sometimes written as a closed compound without a hyphen, knickknack.

  • Doug grumbled when asked to dust his curling trophies and other knick-knacks.
  • Judith was an avid knick-knack collector and had more than fifty ceramic frogs.