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Grammar 101: Nip It In The Bud or Butt?

October 30th, 2014

It’s time to explore another English idiom that many people often get wrong. Just as someone might refer to a “mother load” when they really mean to say “mother lode” instead, it is surprisingly common to hear people talking about nipping something in the “butt” when the correct idiom is to “nip it in the […]

Charging for PayPal Fees and Other Transaction Costs

October 27th, 2014

There are many factors that go into determining a rate quote for any given freelance writing project. We have to look at the overall scope of the writing project, for example, as well as the amount of research or background work that is needed. If I need to purchase a specific product or subscribe to […]

Grammar 101: Extract or Exact Revenge?

October 20th, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard the line in a Hollywood blockbuster involving a superhero and his quest for vengeance. Maybe you’ve heard it in the context of a video game or television show filled with explosive action and intense drama. When a character says that he will not rest until he exacts his revenge, what exactly does […]

Sunday Snippet: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

October 12th, 2014

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” I suppose it’s not terribly surprising that I am oftentimes drawn to quotes by writers about writing, given that I make my living […]

Grammar 101: For All Intents and Purposes

October 9th, 2014

English can be confusing enough for someone who has grown up as a native speaker, never mind for someone who is trying to learn it as a second language. For every rule in English, there are innumerable exceptions. And then there is the never-ending list of English idioms that either don’t make logical sense or […]

Grammar 101: Toe the Line or Tow the Line?

October 2nd, 2014

You may have heard the English idiom “to toe the line.” Oftentimes, it’s used in the context of work, where employees are told to “toe the company line.” The workers are being told to conform to the rules, principles and policies of the company, to do exactly as they are told and not to veer […]

On Productivity as a New Work-from-Home Dad

September 26th, 2014

In the prenatal class that we took, the majority of the dads said that they would be taking the first couple of weeks off work as parental leave. As the only work-at-home dad (WaHD) of the group, I was the only one who said I didn’t plan on taking any leave at all. I suppose […]

Grammar 101: European and American Date Formats

September 25th, 2014

When you’re filling out a passport application, a courier waybill or any number of other documents, there’s a good chance that you have to enter the date. Even when you were handing in your elementary school assignments, there was a line near the top of the page where you were told to enter today’s date. […]