Noah Lukeman on the Colon, That Most Majestic of Punctuation Marks . . .

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Wow! A book on punctuation. By Noah Lukeman. The bookstore had an entire book  on punctuation by this master of the dot and … [Read more...]

The Rhetorician in the White House — Or, How I Learned to Love the Passive Voice

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The passive voice gets a bad rap -- it's weak, it's vague, it's passive. But in the hands of a skilled rhetorician like … [Read more...]

In the Garden With the Grammar Geek: Is It Ever OK to Use the Passive Voice?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Writing teachers have been warning us against using the passive voice since high school. And rightly so. Passive sentences … [Read more...]

The Writing Room: Splitting the Infinitive — How to Boldy Go There

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I didn't know -- did you? -- that until the 19th century it was perfectly okay for writers of English to judiciously split … [Read more...]

Writing Room: The Punch Line Always Goes Last

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Everyone knows that the punch line goes at the end of a joke, not the beginning. A mystery writer knows to set the story up … [Read more...]