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Bully/Nerd

Josh Stein-Sapir | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Josh Stein-Sapir

If a person is going to make an argument or declaration that includes facts or even just an effort to persuade, then they must at least adhere to the lowest common denominator of a written argument to be taken seriously.

The Grammar Mistake You Just Might Be Making

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Errant positioning of modifiers can lead to ambiguity or, far worse, an outright distortion of your meaning.

Its Not Grammar... It's Grammar

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Tarun Sakhrani

How often does your phone automatically correct your words? How often has a coherent sentence become one of absolute gibberish or at least one that ...

Putting Men First (In A Sentence) May Be On The Way Out

BuzzFeed SHIFT | Posted 09.11.2012 | Women

It's a small detail in a story that's not about gender: today, Times media columnist David Carr referred to Laura and Chris Amico, founders of the cri...

Help Me Understand...

John Joss | Posted 03.10.2012 | Media
John Joss

Our inability to express ourselves with clarity, simplicity and vigor is the death of effective human affairs. The light at the end of the tunnel is that we, if we care enough to speak and write properly, will shine.

When Punctuation Goes Terribly, Terribly Wrong

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Shore

Below is the exact same personal letter, punctuated two different ways. After reading them both, you'll agree that proper punctuation can spell the difference between a second date and a restraining order.

Sarah's De-G'in of American Speakin'

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Adopting Palin's de-G-ed "speakin'" is an assault on the language, just like perpetrating the lie that she's ready to lead is an assault on the future of the nation.

Palin's Sentences Lack Transparency And Accountability

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

When I hear Sarah Palin consistently fail to answer who is doing what to whom, it makes me suspicious that a) she doesn't know; b) she doesn't want to say; or c) she simply doesn't think in terms of cause and effect.