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Using parentheses, commas or dashes to set off an aside

Punctuation has a purpose. When you want to add information in the middle of a sentence that doesn’t quite fit the flow but is essential, the punctuation you employ to set it off signals different levels of emphasis for the reader. … Continue reading

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Word of the day – Adverse and averse

Adverse and averse have some overlap in that they both refer to things you don’t like. Perhaps that leads to the confused use. Adverse is bad, harmful or against your position, as in adverse weather conditions. Averse is an intense … Continue reading

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Three ways to enter a story

I ran into a dentist on vacation who told me that he wanted to become a writer but just didn’t know how to get started. “What can I write about, and how do you begin a story?” You tell stories … Continue reading

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Word of the day: dilemma, crisis, problem

When does a problem become a crisis? You hear politicians, pundits and soapboxers lamenting the health care crisis, the immigration crisis, the oil spill crisis, the housing crisis, the education crisis . . . . Listening to these folks, we … Continue reading

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Word of the day — Affect, effect

Affect, effect The easiest way to remember the distinction in this frequently misapplied pair of words is that affect is a verb. “The change in tax policy is going to affect the Smiths’ family income.” Effect generally is the result … Continue reading

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Word of the day – prostate or prostrate?

Word of the day Prostate or prostrate The prostate gland is part of a man’s reproductive system. Prostrate means to lie face down on the ground, considered an act of sublimation in many cultures.  The second “r” is the difference. … Continue reading

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Word of the day – adopted or adoptive

Word of the day Adopted or adoptive People use these words interchangeably as if they had the same meaning. They do not. They are the opposite sides of the same event. Children are adopted. The folks who bring them into … Continue reading

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