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I was making a point about hyphens when, in a recent column, I gave this example: “That water-skier sure knows how to water-ski on his water skis.” But for David in Albany, N.Y., the sentence … more
YOU KNOW you are special when family and friends start arriving days in advance of your birthday day party, and you know you are special when plans are to spend most of the day celebrating a … more
In our society, we entrust certain individuals with immense power based, in large part, on our sincere belief and hope that they’ll act as unifiers, not dividers. It’s a tall order. Sure, … more
REAL INDIANS laugh at being called Native Americans and prefer instead to be called by what they really are whether it is Choctaw, Creek, Caddo, Cherokee, Comanche, etc. and if you don’t know the … more
People often ask me whether, as a copy editor, I’m driven to distraction by errors I see in others’ writing. The short answer is: not in informal writing. If you write “it’s” in place … more
IN CELEBRATION are the members and friends of First Baptist Church of Danville this week as they opened their new educational building. “The very first class was taught inside last Sunday,” … more
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own grammar concierge? Anytime you needed help writing something, anytime you needed a bet settled, anytime you were just curious about a language issue, you could … more
Because sinful human natures still cling even to us who believe, causing us to continue to sin, we have a continuous demand for the forgiveness of sins. Thanks be to God, there is available to us a … more
When you retire, will your cost of living decline? Some of your expenses may indeed drop, but others won’t. Plus, you may have some new ones to consider. So, all in all, it’s a good idea to think … more
I don’t hear many people saying “for goodness’ sake” these days. “For conscience’ sake” and “for appearance’ sake” are pretty much nonexistent in my world, too. In fact, the only “for … sake” expression I hear lately includes a word I wouldn’t use in this space even if I could. more
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