If it ain’t broke…

If it ain’t broke…

The English language is a complex and sometimes savage beast – one that doesn’t submit willingly to taming or tinkering, at least not in the short term. When you fiddle with the glue of grammar that holds it together some people can get a little twitchy. “You can’t do...
Poisonous by design

Poisonous by design

What’s your favorite color? The question is fairly straightforward, and for most people the answer is blue. Likewise, when asked after the least favorite color, answers tend to revolve around the same few colors, usually brown, orange, and yellow. What is not often...
A kerfuffle in the haberdashery

A kerfuffle in the haberdashery

There’s a perfect word for every circumstance, from the simple fun of capers, to the archaic delightfulness of gloaming. I think everyone who works with words probably has a few favourites. I’m yet to work “mittens” into any of my copy, but something about its...