Esteem and Ratchet

Esteem An old-movie buff, I recently watched White Heat (1949) for the second time and wanted to know more about […]

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Writing Fiction for US Adults

Writers of children’s fiction are constantly aware of the need to write with their readers’ reading level in mind. Writers […]

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Body Parts as Metaphor

Many of the nouns used to name body parts have corresponding verbs that describe the literal functions performed by the […]

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Apparently and Presumably

A reader has asked for a discussion of the difference between the words apparently and presumably. A meaning for presumably […]

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Falling Prey to Error

In researching articles for Daily Writing Tips, I stumble upon all kinds of interesting topics and curious examples of usage. […]

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Butt Redux

Seven years ago, I wrote a post called “The Ubiquitous Butt.” In it, I admitted my own distaste for the […]

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The Many Uses of “Set”

The OED has nine entries for the ubiquitous word set: an acronym, two nouns, two adjectives, two verbs, an obsolete […]

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