I Do Windows

It must be a slow Monday when I decide to scrutinize a Microsoft Word message window. I’ve just noticed a subject-verb disagreement, or at least the appearance of one, in the window I’ve viewed more than any other in my lifetime of Word usage (see above). The window tells us that the spelling and grammar … Continue reading

2010 Bullets

On a rainy day fit for hibernation, The Writing Guide decides to wake up, stand unsteadily on its back legs, and forage once again for elements of bad writing. And if you think comparing a writing blog to a just-awoken grizzly bear constitutes bad writing, feel free to stick that in the comments section. Until … Continue reading

Monday Quickies

The preferred spelling is ambience, not ambiance. When you place it before a noun, the phrase is written multimillion-dollar (note hyphen usage). The phrase period of time can be shortened to time in every instance.

Slash v. Hyphen

Use a slash to show that two words share an interchangeable relationship; use a hyphen to join two words but keep their meanings separate. IMPOSSIBLE AND TROUBLING IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT: “daddy/daughter dance” MORE ACCEPTABLE AND ANATOMICALLY WITHIN REASON: “daddy-daughter dance” The question to ask when deciding which to use is: do I mean … Continue reading