The Danger of the Thesaurus

There’s a forensic element to editing. Sometimes I’ll come across a word that technically works in a sentence, but has an imperfect tone or imprecise meaning. (For example: After the mentoring program, participants find themselves entangled in lifelong friendships.) But I don’t like to make changes willy-nilly, so I investigate why the writer has used … Continue reading

Take It Easy

Trek is a common word that writers use when they’re tired of using trip or journey. But trek isn’t an exact synonym for those other words. According to Merriam-Webster, it was originally an Afrikaans words meaning to travel by ox wagon. The modern usage describes a slow or arduous journey. Think about it: did the … Continue reading