Good writing bursts from the page and into the conscience. It sharpens the knowable. It illuminates the unknown. So let’s stop for a minute and admire a bit of goodContinue reading
I could talk about the mood of verbs until someone felt the imperative to beat me over the head with a dictionary. I don’t need anything quite so indicative toContinue reading
Actually, “up” is a perfectly good word.
Without “up,” we could “look at” a dictionary, but we’d never “look up” anything.
For all its usefulness, though, “up” makes a ghastly verb when used to mean “increase” or “improve.”
As if transformed, that cute, handy little word suddenly communicates with all the eloquence of a suppository. …Continue reading