The Boston Globe today reviews N. M. Gwynne’s Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English (available for pre-order on Amazon.com). Gwynne is a strict traditionalist and prescriptivist—in other words, a “scold”—who holds to the view that it’s been all downhill for English since Shakespeare. I’ve been trying to improve myself withContinue reading “Guardian or gatekeeper?”
As a singer, I’ve been exposed to a lot of lyrics. I’ve also composed a few parody lyrics in my time, so I know how hard they are to write. I’m a fan of Taylor Swift. She has her share of haters, whom I suspect are jealous of her enormous success at such a youngContinue reading “Leave Taylor Swift Alone!”
There’s an old expression that to assume makes an ass out of u and me. (The phrasing works even better in the text era). I admit that many of my mistakes come from not checking my own assumptions. Is that what they really want? Is he postponing this week’s meeting, or next week’s? So myContinue reading “Question assumptions? Yes! And assume questions, too”
I got a soundbar for my birthday, to complement our big plasma TV’s little speakers. I did my Web research on soundbars, but couldn’t decide among all the types available, so I went to an electronics store and put my fate in the hands of a salesman. He sold me a brand I hadn’t beenContinue reading “When the Instructions Are Wrong (Back It Goes)”
It’s funny how the business cycle works. I’ve been working in the same office for five years, but thanks to acquisitions I’ve had four employers in that time, with the most recent change August 1. (Believe me, I’m not complaining!) For the purpose of this discussion it doesn’t matter what company it is; given itsContinue reading “Back to Square One”
Certification applicants are beginning to hear about an entirely new submission process. What is it, and how is it better? Here’s a brief explanation and description of the process.
On his blog Tech Writer News, Angel Candelario, moderator of the LinkedIn group Technical Writer in Action, interviewed me about the CPTC credential. You can read the interview here.