The sky is so dark in the Northern Hemisphere these days that it feels pitch black by 5:00 PM. Here's why call it "pitch black." Also, we know what gold is, but why did the three wise men give gifts of frankincense and myrrh?
You think you know what you're trying to say, but are you making it clear? Joel Schwartzberg, author of "Get to the Point" has some great tips for, well, getting to the point.
Do you think of the future as being in front of you or behind you? It might depend on what language you speak. Also, we explore the many languages of 'Star Wars.'
Are you looking for a way to jumpstart your creativity and writing? You may be surprised to find out how much techniques from improv can help!
Making last names plural? Addressing more than one sister-in-law? More than one Mister? We show you how to address them properly. Also, we investigate why we sometimes ask "How come?" instead of "Why?"
The AP Stylebook changed its stance on using "over" to mean "more than." Plenty of people were shocked. Find out why they shouldn't have been. And then we debate the linguistics of whether a hamburger is a sandwich.
Have you ever wondered what cold turkey has to do with quitting a habit? We have the answer to that and we look at other turkey idioms. And continuing the Thanksgiving theme, we also explore the weird origin of the cornucopia.
The role of sensitivity readers and how to write a diverse cast of characters without completely screwing it up.
The Internet Makes It Easier (and Harder) to Find Original Sources. Also, we look at why it's tricky to to figure out why a letter is silent in certain words.
If you're interested in publishing a YA novel (or are just interested in how publishing works), this interview with Kat Brzozowski about Swoon Reads and what happens behind the scenes is for you.
Do you know when to use quotation marks? How about single quotation marks? You know about the major style guides (AP, Chicago, APA, etc.), but do you also have your own house style guide? Here's why you should!
People have been trying to create sarcasm punctuation marks for years, but the solution is already in our hands. Plus, have you ever wondered why we call money "filthy lucre"? We did!
The story of Victor of Aveyron, a boy who was raised by wolves and taught us about language.
How you can use NaNoWriMo to jumpstart your fiction writing. Plus, more extreme measures to move your writing forward...if you're up for it.
In honor of Halloween, we look at ghastly words for ghosts. Also, people have been asking how to properly use the phrase "quid pro quo," so we have the answer. (Do you know the plural?)
Dave Itzkoff on Writing a Biography of Robin Williams
Phantomnation, gravy, twill, and more. Words that shouldn't exist.
Why People Hate Words Like 'Moist'
How to Write a Conclusion. ‘Rebut’ or ‘Refute’?