Tech changes drive typing changes; why one space must follow a period, not two

Tell me you don't leave two spaces after a period. Because that, as they say, is over. I can't remember exactly when I switched - something about going from typewriters to computers. I was recently wondering why we made the change. Wouldn't you know there are a few theories out … [Read more...]

Making my point – about exclamation points. Proceed with caution

Many years ago a wise mentor told me, "use exclamation points as though you only get one in your life. Is this the time you want to use it?" It's a fun piece of advice. I've often paused as my little finger reached to type the controversial mark - is this the time? The department of … [Read more...]

New book on word use, grammar a riveting read – really

It's been a while since I sat down to read a book about grammar - on purpose. I'd heard about Steven Pinker's latest The Sense of Style - the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century so was keen to crack it open. The book is great entertainment. Who'd have thought it? The author, a … [Read more...]