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…

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…