A great vocabulary should be in every writer’s toolbox.
Using new words can turn dull, listless writing into something far more readable.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we’re huge fans of the Oxford comma. As we often like to say, “You can have my Oxford comma when you pry it from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.”
Whoever said this must be feeling pretty good about himself right now – and we are, too.
What’s going on? [Read more…]
Rejoice, members of the Grammar Police. It’s your day today. Let’s hereby declare that you can correct anyone – online and offline – without repercussions. Of course, those you correct may disagree, but who cares? It’s National Grammar Day today.
In honor of this momentous occasion, Grammarly did a study to profile a Grammar Troll. [Read more…]
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain
We’ve all got words that we used more than we should, and I bet if we were to make a list, “very” would make it to the top five – not to mention other words that can be ruthlessly cut out from every article we write – words that may add to the length but not to the substance. [Read more…]
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”
― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society
I’ve always thought that lazy writers are worse than “bad” writers – writers who just need to hone their craft. If we were to live by the quote above, I suppose I just revealed how I think of myself as a writer – at times, at least.
There is no point in denying it – I use “very” more than I should.
How about you? Are you aware of how often you use the word? [Read more…]
I have a feeling I’m going to get in trouble with this post’s title, but I have to admit that I didn’t come up with it. It’s the exact title of a post featuring an infographic created by the guys at The Expert Editor (who sent me this tip). A title that will catch attention for sure – whether positive or not, I’m sure I’ll find out soon.
On that note, I want to bring up an alternative title: 13 Grammar Mistakes Sexy People Don’t Make.
After all, they say that proper use of grammar is sexy.
Should I just stop now, and go straight to the common grammar mistakes we don’t make (or shouldn’t be making)?
Yes. I think I’ll do that. [Read more…]
Writing for the web requires a keen understanding of social media. If an article or blog post is going to gain traction, it needs to have a highly sharable angle. But beyond going viral, the best writers create content that is rewarding and informative.
This doesn’t mean every piece you write has to be a scholarly dissertation. In fact, readers often find a simple, direct style to be the most appealing. But there’s a hitch: achieving a simple style is harder than it might initially seem. [Read more…]
Today is National Grammar Day (as if you didn’t know that already!), and I just wanted to wish you all an awesome day with no grammatical errors ruining it. (Good luck with that.)
It’s the perfect day to flash that shiny badge, which I am sure you have. If you don’t, here’s one for you. [Read more…]
Early this month, we had a quiz testing your vocabulary by looking at commonly confused words.
As we end January, let’s have another quiz, this time about commonly misused words. You know…words we use that we don’t know the real meaning of.
One name: Iñigo Montoya.
Let’s have a bit of fun today with this short quiz testing your vocabulary and word usage.
This should be a piece of cake. Enjoy!
So what did you get? Feel free to share it with your friends and find out who’s better! (No, we’re not competitive at all.)