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…

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…

Which words?

Here's a quick quiz for you to complete: How many words should you use when writing a letter, an email, or text message? Which words should you use? Answer: that depends on your reader. According to Hugh Mackay: Language keeps us apart from each other at least as efficiently as it keeps us together. Which…