Category: grammar fun

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…

If I Was a Rich Man . . .

Notice anything incorrect about the title of this post? If so, you’re probably wondering why our discussion of verbs did not cover the subjunctive mood. My answer is that, for the purposes of this class, we won’t be discussing the…

Metaphor

We often discuss metaphor in the context of a writer’s voice, but metaphor also reflects the way we think. The metaphors we use to describe certain concepts, activities, etc. both reflect and affect the way we think about those concepts,…

Voice, Diction, and Comedy

The television show In Living Color, which I believe you can still watch on some channels in syndication, was a brilliant show produced by the Wayans brothers before they went on to spoof movies. Damon Wayans’ exaggerated portrayal of Oswald…