These Metaphor Examples Will Take Your Writing to a New Place

Posted By on June 12, 2013

“Martinis are like women’s breasts. One is not enough and three is too many.” —Winston Churchill Metaphor and simile are two of the best weapons for making business writing more vivid. In the example above, Winston Churchill, a wit and a writer of merit, manages both to surprise and reward us with his apt description […]

Got a Problem with That? Try Who.

Posted By on May 13, 2013

Am I the only one who grinds my teeth at grammar mistakes involving that vs. who? This error crops up all over Twitter and Facebook, and a lot of e-books that haven’t been proofed by a copyeditor. Did you notice the telltale phrase in my second sentence: “that haven’t been proofed by a copyeditor?” It’s […]

On vs. About: The Definitive Answer?

Posted By on June 9, 2012

I needed advice on a point of grammar. I couldn’t remember when to use “on” rather than “about.” I turned to the editor’s bible—The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), which handily is now online. I posted my question in the CMOS Online forum and waited. A day later, an editor asked me for an example […]

Rap Grammar Tips: Mac Lethal Speeds By Strunk & White

Posted By on June 3, 2012

The link between rap and poetry has been made in abundance; the link between rap and grammar, not so much. But that was before Mac Lethal, a Kansas City rapper, mounted his jihad against illiterate idiots who say “Your a ho” when they really mean “You’re a ho.” Aided by handy typewritten cue cards bearing […]

Minding your editorial P’s and Q’s

Posted By on April 12, 2012

I can say with complete confidence that all editors learn on the job. Some add tabs to The Chicago Manual of Style, while others dog-ear sections; my favorite one covers the use of quotations. Most of our bookshelves are weighed down with reference books and at least one dictionary. Then there’s the daunting task of […]

Who vs. Whom? Ask Lucy Ferris

Posted By on February 2, 2012

Figuring out which one to use is probably the biggest worry for people who obsess about being grammatically correct. There’s good news if you’re one of them: Stop trying; the vernacular has won out. Too many people stopped using “whom” long ago. Or so says Lucy Ferris in a blog post on Lingua Franca. She […]

We Love Our Copy Editor

Posted By on January 24, 2012

If you find a typo—or, horrors, a dangling modifier—on our website, it means that our copy editor, Sherri Schultz, hasn’t read and approved that piece. Sherri “polishes prose to perfection” as part of her editorial services business, Words with Grace, and we count ourselves lucky to be one of her clients. Wouldn’t you brag, too, […]

Beach Reads: The Chicago Manual of Style?!

Posted By on August 3, 2011

When The Chicago Manual of Style published its 16th edition, many copy editors worried because it was simultaneously published online, albeit by subscription only.

Why Online Dictionaries Suck

Posted By on May 17, 2011

Now what is that word? Countless times I’ve turned to Google for the answer. In the middle of writing a sentence, I rack my brain for a more zesty word than the bland one staring back at me. Frustrated, I type my word plus the term “synonym” into Google’s search box. Up pop ten different […]