Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Think Thankful Thoughts
I learned today that the word thank is derived from the word think. Its original meaning, according to the Oxford …Read More
Don’t Fear the Semicolon
I was in a crowded college library pulsing with the sibilant hum of students at work. Behind me I …Read More
Refuse the Refuse: The Baffling World of Heteronyms
Heteronyms are words with different meanings and pronunciations that are spelled identically.
That’s right; moped and moped are not the same words. They are two distinct words with completely different meanings. They just look exactly alike. Whose idea was this?Read More
When To Start a New Paragraph
Short paragraphs put air around what you write and make it look inviting, whereas one long chunk of type can discourage the reader from even starting to read.
WILLIAM ZINSSERRead More