Search TheBetterEditor Blog:
Search the archive
Monthly Archives: November 2011
Do you know the phrase “skunked term?” As a writer, this is an important concept that you should be familiar with. I’ve used the phrase before on this blog without explanation (in the post about decimate). Today, its time has … Continue reading
“I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living; that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it.” – Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, from … Continue reading
Can you use and, but, or because at the start of a sentence? Of course you can. Should you? That’s a separate matter, which I’m not even going to touch. Writers in English (not to mention speakers of it) have … Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what a “nano” really is? That prefix gets batted around a lot. It’s joined the always-lengthening list of words that were coined to show a precise meaning, but then were co-opted into generic use. “Micro,” for … Continue reading
Hail to thee, [;]. In yoga, the shoulderstand is often referred to as “the queen of poses,” because of the range and extent of the healthy effects attributed to it. If punctuation has a queen, it’s the semicolon.