I’m cursed. I have trouble reading books or listening to speakers because I feel the need to dissect their grammar and usage. What a nerd I have turned out to be. Here’s an example. Last Sunday I had trouble focusing on the sermon because the pastor had such bad grammar. One of his most noticible grammatical sins was his misuse of the word “staff.” He said something like this: “The […]
Most of my editing clients get this one wrong, so don’t feel too bad if this is news to you, too. How do you know when to use the pronoun “which” and when to use “that?” Its fairly simple. If you can drop the dependent clause in a sentence without losing the point, you should choose “which” and enclose it in commas. Amy’s dog, which is thirteen years old, is […]
SEEN VS. SAW – The misuse of the word “seen” is one of my biggest grammatical pet peeves. For example, “I seen Ironman 3 last night.” ACK! The correct word is “saw.” Seen is used if it is preceded by a form of “has” (“I have seen that movie three times” – or – “She has seen the second part of the series”).
A month ago my mom passed away. I have learned far more than I wanted to about life and death over the last 15 months: how to work with attorneys, accountants, funeral directors, insurance companies, healthcare professionals, and the like. One thing I know for sure is that we are all uncomfortable when it comes to expressing condolences; in large part that is because reacting to someone else’s loss means […]
Hey Wacky Word Players! It’s that time again when I announce last month’s Wacky Word of the Day Winners! There were sixty-five entries between Facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ … you all made some amazing sentences using the wacky words I post each day. They were so fun to read! To make it fair, I put the entries in a lovely green bowl (my favorite color) and randomly reached in. […]
RHADAMANTHINE (adjective) = rigorously or inflexibly just. (In Greek mythology, Rhadamanthus was the son of Zeus and Europa. He was a judge of the underworld and known for his strict justice.) Want to win a free book? Use this word in a sentence and you’ll be entered in the March drawing!
“If I have seen further… it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton
“Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
ELYSIAN (adjective) = sweet, blissful, delightful (In Greek mythology, Elysium was the final resting place of the souls of heroes and the virtuous.)
“If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.” ~ Calvin Coolidge