Category Archives: word usage

Clear Writing (what a difference a word makes!)

I read a terrific mystery novel last week. I was so caught up in  the action, and the characters were so alive for me, that I hoped (and still do) that the author managed to retain movie rights. Imagine how … Continue reading

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Voter Caging (word study)

After hearing reports of widespread voter caging (voter suppression) across the United States, I grew curious about the derivation of the term and looked up “caging” in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Here is the salient part of the definition: caging (1556).   … Continue reading

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Compound Possessive (noun + pronoun)

This morning, I received the following question about compound possessives from William Tate: What about when yourself and someone else are in possession. Do you say “me and Sarah’s house” or “Mine and Sarah’s house” or “Sarah’s and my house”? … Continue reading

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I or me?

Last week, I heard this on the radio: We wonder how it’s going to impact you and I. Oops. Wrong choice. The sentence should read like this: We wonder how it’s going to impact you and me. Why? Because “me” … Continue reading

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Words + Actions Tell All

As a young woman, I was ill-prepared to distinguish between relationships with real potential and the other kind. My favorite therapist, Dr. Ed Wortz—who was also my dreamwork mentor—gave me a hint: If you listen and watch carefully, people will … Continue reading

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Skimpy Writing

For the past two weeks, I have been busy editing another book for the client of my dreams. I finished yesterday. Though I couldn’t find time until now to post to my blog, I did find time to read mystery … Continue reading

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Hyphens in a common phrase

Good morning! This is a great day to take a look at hyphens. Here’s an example, taken from an email message I just received from my niece Laurie: Robert has been canning bread and butter pickles. When I first read … Continue reading

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