If you’re using words like “connote” and “denote” to elevate your communications, you’re already set to take on the world, using your vocabulary to strut your stuff. The problem comes when you don’t actually realize what you’re saying. That’s never a good thing. When it comes to “connote” vs. “denote,” think of “connections” and “definitions.” […]
Itty bitty, tiny little hiccups in our writing might not always be noticed, but that doesn’t mean we still shouldn’t try to do better—even when some people say these mistakes are okay. “Minuscule” is a big word with a tiny meaning. Literally. It means to be incredibly small. It comes from a diminutive of “minus,” […]
There’s a strategy for being patient and waiting for something difficult to pass, and then there’s falling down after your golf ball lands in a sand trap. Which one do you mean? The expression you’re looking for is to “hunker down.” To “bunker down” is not actually a thing.
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If your buddy is “lit,” he’s either drunk or he’s wearing a light-up Christmas sweater. If he’s “lighted,” I suppose you know intoxication is out of the question, but is there a difference otherwise? Should you be worried about flairs of flame? The difference between “lighted” and “lit” is a question that comes up fairly […]
Witty satire can be many things—ridiculous, hilarious, poignant, and even brutal—but the one thing it’s not is a part-man, part-goat creature of the wood. There is no alternate spelling of “satire” that makes it cleverer or more in line with its roots. You might be able to spell “theater” as “theatre” in the English language, […]
Authors on Editing Interviews
In 2017, in celebration of the launch of Get a Grip on your Grammar, I launched a new blog interview series with talented writers working across multiple genres and forms, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry to business writing to journalism and more. No matter what you write, you’ll learn a lot from their insights on their editing processes. (New interviews added every month.)