Uncharted vs. Unchartered

Uncharted vs. Unchartered

The corona-virus disease pandemic, which started late in 2019 (thus the name COVID-19), has given rise to increased use of a few confusing phrases and grammatical constructions. Do we have, for example, less cases than yesterday or fewer? Do we say that the number of...
Essay Writing: The Five-Paragraph Myth

Essay Writing: The Five-Paragraph Myth

In our educational journey, we likely learned some myths about writing.  One pernicious myth is the bane of many college English professors’ existence: the belief that writers should always employ the five-paragraph essay template—a rigid model compelling the...
NOT ALL ARE and ALL ARE NOT Are Not the Same

NOT ALL ARE and ALL ARE NOT Are Not the Same

Precision in language is critical. If we misplace even a single word or phrase, we risk changing the meaning of our sentence significantly. Such is the case with the difference between the phrases “not all are” and “all are not.” Often we hear...
Pro Tips for Professional Writing

Pro Tips for Professional Writing

Web content, emails, newsletters, and social media posts require us to write well. Small business owners often can’t afford to hire professional writers and editors, yet we know that our words matter. Here are a few pro tips for professional writing. First, tackle the...
What We Wish Every First-Year College Student Knew

What We Wish Every First-Year College Student Knew

Most of this website is devoted to writing and editing matters, but the following post is not. Instead, it grew out of a collective desire among a few college professors to help college-bound young people make the most of their experience. * * * * * * * For nearly...