Word study: contronyms

Word study: contronyms

Grammar's not usually my jam, but I love a good word study. I thought I knew a lot about words, but I'd never heard about contronyms (which are technically grammar). Thanks to the BBC show QI, now I'm obsessed. They're words that are their own opposites. Examples:...
Some thoughts on grammar

Some thoughts on grammar

Grammar is one of the most polarizing topics within writing communities, second only, perhaps, to the Oxford/serial comma issue that Pete Andersen and I famously debated here. There's a reason sticklers for grammatical perfection are often not-so-affectionately called...
Happy Punctuation Day!

Happy Punctuation Day!

Happy National Punctuation Day! Between our own writing and teaching others about writing, these little marks and techniques take up a lot of our time. We often cover very technical topics from cell apoptosis to financial derivatives. Sometimes we need to use long...