Celebrating the Apostrophe All Year (Except November)

Right now, as I’m writing this, we’re about three weeks away from Valentine’s Day. The day raises troubling questions for many people. What is love? Why does anyone bother? Should I bring candy for everyone in class? Will I even get a card? Is this apostrophe in the right place? American English seems to be Read more about Celebrating the Apostrophe All Year (Except November)[…]

In the Throes of Midsummer: More Easily Confused Words

I hope everyone’s out enjoying the back half of the summer. The days are still long enough to allow for lots of poolside reading, picnic reading and road trip reading. I’m still taking in plenty of summer fun, so I’ll make this month’s visit a brief one with three more sets of easily confused words. Read more about In the Throes of Midsummer: More Easily Confused Words[…]

Crazy from the Heat: An Attempt to Parse the Rules of Title Case

Unusual heat has the home office in its grip the last few days, but I’m excited about it. Not only does it give me an excuse for being a little late with this month’s note, but I also blame it for my frequent issues with this month’s subject matter: appropriate capitalization in titles. If you Read more about Crazy from the Heat: An Attempt to Parse the Rules of Title Case[…]