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This Blog Needs a Makeover

October 25th, 2016

You ever have an idea or project sit on the back burner for so long that it just turns into a mushy slop of nothing in particular? I’ll get to it eventually, right after I take care of this other thing that’s clearly a higher priority. And then this other thing. And this other thing. […]

Grammar 101: Hunger Pangs or Hunger Pains

October 20th, 2016

Here is another one of those situations involving words that don’t normally come up every day. And even when they do, they are much more commonly spoken than they are written, leading to a very common misinterpretation and spelling mistake. This is the case if you want to talk about a man’s grisly (not grizzly) […]

Grammar 101: Bemused and Amused

October 13th, 2016

It’s natural to assume that similar-looking words must be related in some way. Headphones, earphones and earbuds all serve fundamentally the same function. You’ll probably find happiness at the happiest place on Earth. And while terms like critique and criticism might be connected in some way, other pairs of words vary drastically in meaning. Bemused […]

Idiomatica: Can’t Hold a Candle

September 29th, 2016

If you’re looking for the absolute best smartphone around, the iPhone 7 barely holds a candle to the Galaxy Note 7. As far as affordable roadsters go, the Mazda Miata simply can’t hold a candle to the original Honda S2000. George’s financial savvy can’t hold a candle to Jerry’s. The English language is filled with […]

Grammar 101: Casual and Causal

September 19th, 2016

The occasional typo can surely be forgiven. Heaven knows that I’ve written “the” as “teh” more times than I care to count, but these types of errors are clearly not made on purpose. They’re just a slip of the finger on the keyboard. It happens to the best of us. But when you see the […]

In Search of the Goldilocks of To-Do Lists

September 15th, 2016

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook asking if anyone had any hacks for “how to adult.” Like me, she works from home as a freelance writer. She’s having a hard time mostly with administration and logistics, figuring out how to best manage her time, her money and her schedule. Yes, adulting is hard […]

Grammar 101: Bear or Bare with Me?

September 9th, 2016

You may have noticed that many of the most common grammatical mistakes involve homophones, or words that sound the same (or similar) but have different meanings. That’s why someone might say that they’re going to make due in the lightening storm when they should really be talking about how to make do in the lightning […]

Grammar 101: Lightning and Lightening

August 30th, 2016

When Muhammad Ali said that he “handcuffed lightning,” he was not referring to dying his hair blonde. He was referring to a fast flash of great electrical power that he was able to harness and tame for his own purposes, speaking symbolically of his boxing prowess. He did not handcuff “lightening.” It’s just one letter, […]