Category: Grammar, Spelling and Other Hurdles

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Grammar Stickler?

I recently took the “Grammar Stickler” quiz presented by the Chicago Manual of Style and landed right between “Coiled spring, ready to respond and rebound” and “unbending as steel.” There are times when I’ll bend grammar rules in favor of…

Spelling Counts

If you think that your days of worrying about spelling ended with grade school, think again. I suspect there are a lot of adults who probably hide their ineptitude for spelling with bad handwriting. Doctors have always been accused of…

In a Word

There’s been much ado about a word lately with no shortage of headlines and reaction. First Paula Deen’s empire was set on its ear then turned upside down when she admitted during a deposition to using “the N-word” over two…

Typography Tip

If you learned to type in a formal class (pre-word processing days, so long ago), you learned to type two spaces after a period. That was standard practice in the days of the typewriter that featured monospaced fonts. That is,…

More than a flock of sheep.

Specific designations describe groups of animals. You probably know it’s a flock of sheep, a school of fish, and a pride of lions. A herd of cattle? Actually, it’s a drove of cattle. Elephants come in herds. A litter of…

Challenges of English Vocabulary

I’m often happy that English is my first language. There’s one exception after another whether it’s irregular verbs, spelling, pluralizations, and the list goes on. It’s house and houses but not mouse and mouses. It geese not gooses, but more…

Perplexed by Publishing

I’m about to head to an annual children’s literature conference again. I certainly look forward to honing skills, learning more about the industry, having work critiqued, and meeting industry players. Maybe I’ll get my foot in the door. I’m still…

Words Matter

Consecutive vs. concurrent. It turned out to be a tragically big deal. Whether is was a clerical error or omission (or series of them), the end result is the same: three dead. Evan Ebel was incorrectly released four years early…

It’s Not What You Say

Sadly, communication is too often judged by presentation rather than content. Latest case in point: Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union message. An awkward reach for a sip of water overshadowed everything he said… at least on…