In this week's Ask Dan column, Dan answers a reader's question about a phenomenon known as the perfection premium. Dear Dan, Every time my sister hosts a dinner party, she insists that every last tidbit of food she serves be homemade. This high standard is wearing on her. To make her life easier, I proposed … Continue reading Do You Suffer from the Perfection Premium?
Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?
Thanks to my sister Trish for sending me the idea for today's blog. She tagged me on Facebook with the following post: The letter sequence "ough" can be pronounced eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he … Continue reading How Do I Say “ough”? Let Me Count the Ways
I'm two days late with this post, but you know what they say about better late... March 4 was National Grammar Day, which was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic]. This year, National Grammar Day is hosted by Mignon … Continue reading Nashenal Grammer Deigh
About four months ago I started using Grammarly, an artificial intelligence powered program that helps people communicate more effectively. Its algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, wordiness, style, punctuation, and even plagiarism. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction, so you can make an informed decision about whether, … Continue reading Add One More App That Quantifies What I Do with My Life
One of my favorite punctuation marks (I have several) is the ellipsis, also known as the three dots. Here's what it looks like: ... I was curious to see how often I use it in my blog posts, so I did a search of my site. It looks like I use it a lot more … Continue reading I’ve Got Something in Common with President Trump…
One of my blogging colleagues, Justin Wheeler, told me that he uses the Hemingway app to help keep his writing simple and concise, something that Hemingway was famous for (although I was not aware of that). To use the app, you can either download an app and then enter your text into the app to … Continue reading Improving My Writing, with Hemingway at My Side