Now, as I try to think about weighing in on matters of grammar and writing, I try to make sure I’m not channeling Mrs. A.’s voice of “That’s not the right way of doing it.” Sometimes, the “right” way no longer makes sense, if it ever did. Other times, the old rules are solid and useful.
Sesame Street had a regular feature that taught very young children how to categorize: Big Bird would have four bowls on a table, three of which were the same size while the fourth was noticeably larger. Susan would show three numerals and a letter. Kermit would ask which three items belonged together, the choices being […]
Well, now I’ve done it. According to my Google Analytics report, readers love it when I tell embarrassing things about myself. My last post, confessing to using the term “sodium chloride” rather than “salt” as a little junior-high showoff, drew far more readers than anything I’d written previously. (A tweet from Chris Brogan surely helped.) […]
Painful confession: As an eighth-grader eager to show off my new knowledge, I had the following exchange with an adult guest eating dinner with my family. Me: “Would you please advance the sodium chloride?” First adult guest: “The what?” Me: “The NaCl.” First adult guest: “I’m sorry – I don’t understand.” Second adult guest: “He […]