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Once is more than enough

Almost no one eats the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most of us pick up the remote when we realize we have already seen the episode on the screen. And we can probably all agree that if the local department store only carried socks, we would not be regular visitors (even if we like socks). We are no different when it comes to what we read. Words are a reader's sustenance, entertainment and shelter. And one of the reasons a reader engages with a writer's work is the same impulse that … [Read More...]

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Writing and Editing


Agreement: The basics

Subject verb agreement can be one of the more challenging aspects of writing. While short clauses provide for an easily identifiable subject, longer clauses with extensive phrases can make proper subject verb agreement more of a challenge. The … [Read More...]


It’s not just that I care. I’m right.

Last night my sister-in-law called me to a share her frustration with an editorial in the local paper. The thing is, she wasn't calling to discuss the content of the piece, but rather to confirm that a distracting word choice in the conclusion was, … [Read More...]

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Fun With Grammar


Adjectives: How Do We Use Thee?

Ah, the adjective. The exquisite, illustrative, compelling adjective. How Do We Use Thee? How do we use thee? Let us count the ways We use thee to the interesting, fun, cool heights our purple prose can reach, when pushing past the limits of … [Read More...]


The Grammar War Address

[In honor of President Lincoln's birthday and teachers everywhere] Last week and every other week your students brought forth on their assignments, a new grammar, conceived in Laziness, and dedicated to the pure delusion that all words are created … [Read More...]

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