What I want for Christmas: a satellite, a force field, peace…

Someone asked what I want for Christmas, so here’s a list: Eye in the sky, image by PIRO4D from Pixabay  My own spy satellite.A force field around my bicycle to repel motor vehicles. (Two if you can swing it. One for me and one for Mrs. Smith.)Peace on Earth.A massive worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the … Continue reading What I want for Christmas: a satellite, a force field, peace…

“No-one buys great grammar,” but sloppy work can kill a message

"No-one buys great grammar," says an article about business writing. Poor grammar and spelling can hurt, however, and can make you question both the writer's expertise and the company's credibility. Take the source of that quote about grammar, for example: Business Writing – 7 Ways To Transform Mediocre Writing How many spelling, punctuation and grammatical … Continue reading “No-one buys great grammar,” but sloppy work can kill a message

Use the right words for the greatest impact

A headline's purpose is to catch the reader's eye and interest. A poorly written headline can have the same effect. Bark beetle kill has little affect on fire danger Of course, it would have little affect (while it might be expected to have an effect or maybe an impact). Curious about what else I might … Continue reading Use the right words for the greatest impact

A writing and editing challenge for National Grammar Day

This might not be everyone's idea of fun, but SmithWords may not be able to resist. Check out the National Grammar Day Contest over at Copyediting. Enter if you dare. By the way, every day is Grammar Day for the Prose Doctor.