It’s time to get schooled on a “school of fish” vs. “shoal of fish.” Here’s your hint: one of them shoals, and one of them “schools.” Did that help? What do you mean “No”? This is a tip designed to make you look savvy, since most people aren’t aware of a difference.
The Rockettes do leg work. MMA fighters do leg work. Kids with mad soccer skills do leg work. If you’re talking about research and preparation, your legs probably shouldn’t get as much of a shout-out as you seem to be giving them. The idea of “legwork,” as a single word, dates back to the 1890s. […]
If you’re talking about this, that, and the other, does everyone else in the conversation have a clue about what you’re discussing? “This” and “that” are great words. They help with specificity when you’re talking about this bird in a nearby tree versus that bird over on the wind vane. They help distinguish between this […]
If you’re talking ‘bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above, you might be tackling this thing called “love,” but here’s a hint: if you’re writing about a lover ravaging another, it’s not a happy love story. To take it up a notch—and maybe a few […]
If you’re working nine to five, you don’t have a short shift. Depending on your job, you might feel like you’re often given short shrift, though. If you go out shopping, maybe you could buy a short shift dress. You wouldn’t want to buy a short shrift dress, because one, it doesn’t sound like a […]
Some days are full of social media burns so severe people are looking for ointment. Other days, people are posting Pinterest fails of recipes gone wrong. But the word that comes up again and again is that “burn.” Have you ever been “burned” by bad spelling? Ever been “burnt” by it? Is there a difference?
- June 15: David Hicks & Cheryl Pallant Discuss The Writing Life at Fountain Bookstore
- June 28: Examining the Writing Marketplace: Micro to Mid-sized Publishers by James River Writers (Writing Show series)
- July 26: The Art of the Start: Finding the Entry-point to your Story by James River Writers (Writing Show series)