Style

Not just of the world of fashion; so too, style is quintessential to the world of the written word. Appreciated and admired: the qualities of style enhance understanding, appeal to the emotions, and fulfil the purpose for the communication. The qualities of style are clarity, consistency, vividness, aptness, and aesthetic appeal. Grammatically correct sentences, unambiguous…

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

'Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.' Romeo and Juliet. Act 2, Scene 2, Line 176 1595. Shakespeare, W. Not wanting to say goodbye, farewell, or adieu: you linger. Never mind having read the book from cover to cover. And never mind knowing what happens: still…

Anticipation

‘Round and round the garden Walks the teddy bear...’ The child giggles. Her aunt traces a circle with her forefinger against her niece’s outstretched palm. ‘One step, two steps...’ The child giggles some more as her aunt finger-steps one step then another two steps up her niece’s arm. ‘Three steps...’ The child wiggles with the…

Once Upon A Time…

Some folks like to sprinkle their conversations with stories to illustrate and clarify meaning. Other folk, meanwhile, have no time or patience as they speed along the highway of succinctness to reach the endpoint of their conversation. But what about the written word? In the absence of four of the five senses; that is, smell,…

To Comma or Not To Comma: That Is The Question

Have you heard the joke about the panda who walks into a bar: eats, draws a gun and shoots into the air before leaving? Consider the following definition of the panda’s diet of bamboo: Panda eats, shoots and leaves. If the purpose of a comma is to serve as a reminder to pause at the…