In response to my using the expression "Better hit the road," one reader wrote: "I am puzzled. While we know what meaning is being conveyed, my former teacher would have scolded me for using the word hit. She would have asked, 'What did you hit the road with?'"
Updated: September 19, 2010, - 02:35 PM
Knowing when to use it around clauses can make your writing stronger, clearer.
Updated: September 05, 2010, - 03:28 PM
When Confederate soldiers erected a light fence just inside the stockade wall of the Andersonville prison where they were holding captured Union soldiers, they were participating in one of the most common and natural features of language. "Stay away from the wall. Step over the fence and you'll be shot," they told their prisoners.
Updated: August 29, 2010, - 06:43 PM
If you're lucky enough to have a job, you've probably written a self-evaluation for your annual job performance review. If you're unemployed or underemployed, you've no doubt written a letter of application -- or maybe dozens of them.
Updated: August 15, 2010, - 03:23 PM
A funny thing happened to me on the way to writing this column.
Updated: August 01, 2010, - 03:46 PM
Which is the correct word choice in the following sentences?
Updated: July 18, 2010, - 03:30 PM
What could be worse than making a mistake, projecting it on a large screen, standing before an audience and pointing to the error? It's an awkward situation, one that often occurs with PowerPoint presentations.
Updated: July 05, 2010, - 12:11 PM
A word is worth a thousand pictures. And maybe billions of dollars. The right word, that is.
Updated: June 20, 2010, - 03:56 PM
"Here's your strongest paragraph," I said to a young writer last week, "and this one is your weakest."
Updated: June 06, 2010, - 03:40 PM