Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style,” for 60 years a bible of good writing for many students and adults, is still valuable but has some “cockamamie advice,” says famed linguist Steven Pinker. In an essay titled Writing in the 21st...
Did Someone Say You Are a Writer?

Did Someone Say You Are a Writer?

There are many more people playing baseball in France these days than were 15 years ago, but how good do you think French baseball is? That occurred to me when I saw the headline on a short New York Times piece, “We are all writers now.” Well, maybe not....
Be Cautious about Adopting New Words

Be Cautious about Adopting New Words

New words that pop up in our language might sound catchy, but they also can create a bad impression.   Dozens, if not hundreds, of new words are accepted into English every year, because it’s a living language; it’s evolving. But in the interests of...