Month: February 2012

Active and Passive Voice

Okay. Because you all seem to think that Grammar Girl is all smart and sassy and her explanation of active and passive voice was so much better than mine, here you go. Take your Grammar Girl; I don’t care. By the…

Can You Tell One Rogue from Another?

Not all vagabonds are created equal. Some travel in pairs, some steal horses, some steal from the disabled. Fortunately, British writer Thomas Harman studied vagabond-ology back in the mid 1500’s and provided us a with a list of the various…

This might could be a nice database.

Some folks over at that short-named campus in Columbia—the University of South Carolina, or something like that—have compiled what is probably the definitive online database of research and study on the multiple modal. I suspect that some of you native…

Naifeh and Smith on Van Gogh

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is my gift to you. Two weeks from tonight, Pulitzer Prize winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will read and discuss their work in the Etherredge Center as part of the Oswald Distinguished Writer’s…

Let’s Get All Cohesive!

Comment below by revising the following passages to make them more cohesive: The Gateway Arch at the edge of the Mississippi river in St. Louis is the world’s tallest monument. Eero Saarinen designed the stainless steel structure that commemorates the…

Poor People and Subordination

Mitt Romney has come under some fire for his comments on a CNN morning show this weekend. Critics claim that his comments indicate an insensitivity to the situation in which poor people finds themselves. Rather than engaging in politics, let’s…