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?
If this expression brings to mind a great heave-ho of a rope, you might be thinking about (and spelling) this expression incorrectly. Reminder: The idiom meaning “to do what is expected” or “to follow the established rules” is correctly spelled “toe the line.”
Some typos—like turning “emulate” into “immolate”—take a dark turn, but then you have other typos that are dark no matter what way you look at them. “Internment” vs. “interment” is one such example.
I’m just saying, folks, there are a lot of butts where they shouldn’t be. And I’m not talking about politics or seating arrangements. Just like “nip it in the bud,” the expression “buck naked” is often misspoken and mistyped with a reference to the buttocks that simply isn’t there.
- 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)