Two Artists Leave the Scene

Two of the great artists of the 20th century–filmmaker [tag]Ingmar Bergman[/tag] and football innovator [tag]Bill Walsh[/tag]–both passed away on the same day, Monday, July 30, 2007. Football is still being played the Bill Walsh way, and films these days never have the emotional depth or meaning that Berman was able to instill in his repertoire.  […]

New Word: Manaicizing

This falls into the category of "out of the mouths of old farts (me)." Whenever I take my dog for a car ride, he goes absolutely bonkers, eliciting this shrill howl at the sight of every animal, be it bird, cat, dog, squirrel or hunched-over human.  The shrill sound is actually ear-piercing, and while he shreiks […]

Match Up: Just For Fun

Match Up Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. When finished, click Answer to see the results. Good luck! NOTE: This stays permanently at the top, and my daily posts appear right below this.   Match Up provided by The Free Dictionary

What’s Wrong With This Headline?

From the Los Angeles Times Sports section, Tuesday, July 24, 2007:  Vick told to not go to camp. Bad grammar, because in truth he was told not to go, which is correct English.  Putting the not before go split the infinitive, to go.  And worse, it’s not even the correct meaning, though to most ears […]

No Such Thing as Unbiased Writing

One of my students in an online writing class enquired whether she should use only "unbiased sources" for her references.  I replied in the negative, saying that "there’s no such thing as unbiased writing." Now, the terms objective writing and objective reporting came about when newspaper owners and editors realized what partisan rags their products had […]

NotWords: Now Days

I just graded a pile of papers for a writing class, and I can’t tell you how many students wrote now days when they meant nowadays. Is this because of faulty hearing, faulty pronunication, or just faulty learning of English words?  I mean, nowadays could sound like now days depending upon how the person pronounces […]

Building Blocks of English: Part III

Yesterday, I discussed the importance of being able to, and knowing when to, combine and separate independent clauses.  Usually, it’s obvious when two independent clauses need to stand alone as unique sentences, but people will still try either to pack too much into one sentence or to use too many sentences (and words) when they […]