I admit it: I’m thrilled to see my latest article published today on Mignon Fogarty’s Grammar Girl blog. Loved what I learned in researching this piece. If you nerd out on language, you’ll find some brain candy in here beyond the simple answer to the headline’s question. Dig in, and let me know what you think! Continue reading
Special revival edition of the Tighten This! game.
I chopped off the first four paragraphs, massaged the middle, and refashioned and refashioned the ending—oh, how I wanted to say things there!—until nothing remained but what had happened. Continue reading
“Sir, I need to see your ticket,” the bus driver says. A young man, maybe in his early twenties, is walking toward the back of the bus, where I’m sitting… Continue reading
The final post in the Tighten This! game.
How would you tighten this week’s Challenge Sentence? “The successful candidate will be the key leader and customer advocate working closely with…” Continue reading
How would you tighten this week’s Challenge Sentence? “There remains a lot of confusion about what buyer personas are and aren’t and how…”
How would you tighten this week’s Challenge Sentence? “In this tutorial you’ll find a demonstration of techniques for eliminating preposition bloat through…” Continue reading
Want a timeless, painless tip that quickly helps you clarify your writing? Look for the little word “it.” Continue reading
How would you tighten this week’s Challenge Sentence? “Often, the focus is on transferring meaning and vocabulary, so much so that…”