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…

How Well Do You Know Your ABC?

The writer’s tool kit: literary devices, grammatical rules and style guidelines. So, while a child may learn ‘A’ is for animal, apple, and apricot: for a writer the letter ‘A’ could stand for alliteration. The purpose of alliteration is to make a sentence or phrase memorable by repeating the same letter at the beginning of…

Can You Hear The Music?

Not just the exclusive domain of composers, singers, and musicians: can you hear the music in spoken language? Just like the arrangement of notes on a musical score; so too, the arrangement of words can infuse speech with a lyrical quality. Just like the tempo or speed at which music is played, so too, words…

Giving Up So Soon?

In 1937 George and Ira Gershwin wrote a song entitled: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. The lyrics highlight the differences between two people illustrated by their regional dialects; for example: You like to-may-toes and I like to-mah-toes… There is no doubting it: life is complicated, people are complex and living languages – such as…