It’s March 4. Do you know what day it is? National Grammar Day! Continue reading
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Today, December 14, is Plain English Day, a day for celebrating the “campaign against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information.”
When you wonder whether to put commas around an appositive, imagine those commas as greased skids causing the appositive to lose its grip on the adjacent words and slide out of sight. Does the remaining sentence still make sense? If so, use those slippery commas. If not, don’t.
Thanks to writing coach Nina Amir, founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), November now beckons to writers of nonfiction, too.
One of my LavaCon workshop attendees, Yvette Daniel, took this photo at her office. Apparently, some of her colleagues didn’t take me seriously about the be-verb thing. I warned them. Hey, her company has new job openings. Anyone interested?
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Be-verbs. You’ve read about them in the book. You’ve heard about them in the workshop. Now you can spread the word. Join the few. The proud. The wordies.
Noun clusters can shut down your comprehension even if you understand each word. You may stop and reread. You may draw an incorrect conclusion. You may skip over the words. Or you may do the last thing the writer wanted you to do: move on to someone else’s words. Want some noun-cluster-busting tips for your writing? Read this.
Today “Word Up!” received its 100th review on Amazon. The more reviews a book has, the better its chances of popping up as a recommendation when people browse. So when you post a review, you help other readers and the author. To all “Word Up!” reviewers, past and future, thank you.