Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
Girl Talks Backwards (Sdrawkcab Sklat Lrig)
This young lady has a gift — useless, yes, but astonishing nonetheless. How does she do it? Does …Read More
Department of Redundancy Department, Part 3: When Repetition Is OK
In our previous two discussions of redundancy, we covered tautology, which is using different words to say the same …Read More
Shakespeare’s Most Amazing Word
The Oxford English Dictionary attributes somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 words to William Shakespeare. He was certainly among the greatest word-coiners of all time, but his most fascinating word was not actually a coinage.Read More
Does Formula Writing Have a Bad Rap?
Do you know the definition of “formula writing?” No? Neither did I. I’d heard of the term and held a vaguely uneasy prejudice against it. Still, it surprised me when an Essay I student’s mother accused me of teaching it.Read More