Toward Less Boring Linking-Words

So, you’ve done a lot of research, and now it’s time to start writing, or you’ve written your piece and it’s time to read it through for a first author edit. When you’ve written down your thoughts, they may appear on paper as you speak in everyday conversation. Share This:

On the word ‘like’

The word “like” is one of the most common English words, with many usages, some standard, some colloquial, and some completely idiomatic. Following is an analysis, with recommendations for good usage. Share This:

Negative Prefixes

Most of us grow up learning the negative prefixes by hearing them spoken in context. But, what determines which prefix to use in order to form that word’s opposite? Why is it unlawful, but it’s illegal? Why is it infirm, but it’s impaired? And how do you know what prefix to use when you need

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Commonly Misused Words—Part 2

Your spell-checker may not identify these words as wrong, because they’re not misspelled. However, because these terms look alike and sound alike, they’re often confused with each other.  How many of these do you get mixed up? Share This:

Commonly Misused Words—Part 1

Your spell-checker may not identify these words as wrong, because they’re not misspelled. However, because these terms look alike and sound alike, they’re often confused with each other and get misused.  How many of these do you get mixed up? Share This:

On Usage

So, what is good usage? For that matter, what is good English? What newly-coined words are okay to use, and who’s to judge? Following are some thoughts on your choice of what words to use in your writing. Share This:

Words

Words have power. Unfortunately, there are writers who don’t understand or who misuse that power. Here are some ideas for how to develop that power. Share This:

Some Rules and Suggestions about Spelling

Spelling, especially in English, often presents a challenge to writers. However, spelling often has less to do with intelligence than the way we remember things. And people who are called visuals have an easier time of it than others. This post contains some ideas that you might find useful. Share This: