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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art critic during the Victorian Era. His words here are both wise and pithy. “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or …

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Why, That’s an Interesting Use of “Why”!

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Why do some people use “why” in sentences that aren’t questions? A great question from a reader.

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Is “On Accident” Correct?

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I just received this email: “My two adult daughters and my husband and I have been going round and round …

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March Madness and Other Basketball Idioms

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My favorite annual sports event is March Madness (that’s the NCAA basketball tournament for you non-sports fans), and it’s particularly …

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At the End of the Day

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A blog reader recently emailed me the following question:
Please tell me why people constantly say “at the end of the day” when explaining the final results of something and seemingly everything now? What the heck happened to using your brain to explain the finality of a situation.

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