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Always Relevant

I subscribe to a lot of daily and weekly newsletters/blogs/rantings, etc. Some for fun. Some for knowledge. Some to just + more

Funny Business

From the very first time I read the Journal of Business, I’ve looked forward to seeing the handiwork of local + more

Stop! Grammar time!

Regular reader Mike W. (not his real name) has a question: “Is it all right to use alright instead of + more

Poetry Break

In his Poetry Notebook (Liveright, 2014), Clive James says that “Man on the Moon” by Australian poet Stephen Edgar is “a perfect + more

Words of Wisdom

I’m usually the first one in the office—sometimes by only 10 minutes or so, sometimes by a full hour. It’s + more

Word of the Day

yugen (noun; Japanese) A sense of indescribable depth and profundity. After reading Aaron’s latest blog post, Courtney was suddenly overcome by + more

Better Writing through Reading

Grammar got you down? There’s a solution. “We know that grammar lessons alone do not improve writing much, if at + more

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

It’s Elmore Leonard’s birthday today. He would have been 91. Fifteen years ago Leonard published “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points + more

Quote of the Day

William F. Buckley, Jr., April 14, 1973: I guess I was seven when I first heard the maxim that only + more

A Tale of Two Theories

“Grammar is credibility,” says Amanda Sturgill, PhD, associate professor of communications at Elon University. “If you’re not taking care of + more

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Is a robot gunning for your job? If you’re a telemarketer, it’s already happening. And if you’re a bank teller, + more

I got rhythm, I got music…

In an interview published in the Spring-Summer 1957 issue of the Paris Review, Truman Capote, referring to the short stories + more

This isn’t a blog; it’s a collection of curated posts.

Remember back in June when I used this space to rail against the misuse of the word curate and its various + more

Can You Trust Your Dictionary?

“Alone of the four cardinal virtues,” writes Christopher Ricks in Dylan’s Visions of Sin (Penguin, 2003), “fortitude does not go in for an + more

Not that I’m complaining or anything…

While visiting my daughter in Bozeman a couple of weeks ago, I stopped in at Vargo’s and picked up a copy + more

Word of the Day

oppugnancy (noun) opposition; hostility; resistance “Hope you don’t have plans this evening,” sighed CK. “The deadline just got moved up.” “No problem, + more


This is the coolest thing you’ll watch all day. Heck, I’ll wager it’s the coolest thing you’ll watch all month. + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

So I didn’t pay much attention to the Olympics—sorry, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad™—but I’ve gotta say, these are some + more

It’s baaaaack…

“[L]ike Madonna and newspapers, cursive has displayed a gritty staying power, refusing to have its loop de loops and curlicues + more


So I’m finally getting around to reading Jonathan Franzen’s Purity. The other day I came across the following passage: Her body + more

Jim Boyd, RIP

I got the terrible news this morning that Jim Boyd died Tuesday. I met Jim back in 2002 when I + more

Le Sigh

There’s a particularly obnoxious trend I’ve been meaning to write about for a while now, but hadn’t yet found an example + more

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Over the last couple of years I’ve striven mightily to reduce the level of snark directed at public grammar/syntax/spelling/usage errors. No, + more

Q&A with Aaron!

Leave it to Linda to ask the pertinent, pressing questions of the day. Like, “Should I wear the Manolo Blahniks or + more

Print Is Dead! Long Live Print!

“There are no two ways about it,” wrote John C. Abell in a 2011 article over at Wired. “E-books are here to + more

Spokane Scene no. 18

I know what you’re thinking: that I’m about to take these poor folks to the woodshed for hyphenating a compound formed + more

Quote of the Day

E. B. White, from an interview conducted by George Plimpton and Frank H. Crowther for the Fall 1969 issue of the + more

Stop! Grammar Time!

Premier and premiere are, respectively, the masculine and feminine forms of the word for “first” in French. But is there + more

Gotta Love the Dash

The writer and I have constant disagreements on how the en dash and em dash look in a sentence – space + more

Waxing Philosophical

Q: Three women walk into a bar. Which one’s the vegan? A: Don’t worry. She’ll tell you. There are a lot + more

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