Louis writes: "I have a friend whose parents are both professors. Naturally, I address them collectively as 'The Professors Smith,' but if I am standing in front of both of them and I would like to verbally address Mr. Smith, how should I do so in a way that respects his title as a professor (not Mr. Smith), does not create ambiguity with his wife (not Professor Smith) and is not long-winded (certainly not Mr. Professor Smith!)? This has been bothering me for quite some time."
Updated: July 03, 2011, - 04:14 PM
Dan Swenson-Klatt of Butter Bakery Café in south Minneapolis has taken the art of the customer newsletter to a new level.
Updated: June 24, 2011, - 02:28 PM
In "The Lost Art of Reading," David Ulin reflects on a disturbing trend. Many people -- even people like him who love reading -- are having trouble taking time to read.
Updated: June 05, 2011, - 02:24 PM
John (aka Bulwer-Lytton) writes:
Updated: May 22, 2011, - 04:48 PM
I enjoy hearing from you, my readers, but often when you write with your comments and questions you fail to proofread your text. I'm surprised by your carelessness.
Updated: May 15, 2011, - 02:27 PM
"One of the promises I've made to myself in my new assignment," the memo began, "is to improve the promotability of each interested individual in my suboperation."
Updated: May 01, 2011, - 05:12 PM
When Henry David Thoreau wrote about living in a cabin by Walden Pond, he titled his first chapter "Economy." He wanted to explain the economy of reducing life to its bare essentials, of living simply so that he might live richly.
Updated: April 17, 2011, - 03:03 PM
Why don't all those people moving to this country learn how to speak English? I mean, if they're going to live here, they ought to learn our language, right?
Updated: March 28, 2011, - 12:13 AM
Word arrangement is a powerful technique of composition, yet few writers are taught its importance.
Updated: March 13, 2011, - 01:30 PM