Author: Tara R

Read to be Well-read
June 15, 2016 Writing Advice Tara R

You have to read a lot of books to be considered well-read. Did you have to read that sentence a few times to make sure you read it right? Heteronyms – Words that are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently (difference emphasis on difference syllables or vowels), and have different meanings, depending on content.

A Way With Words: Adverbs
January 12, 2016 Writing Tara R

“If it’s an adverb we have it at Lolly’s! Bring along your old adjectives too, like slow, soft and sure. We’ll fit them out with our “l-y” attachment, And make perfectly good adverbs out of them!” ~ Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here ~ Schoolhouse Rock, 1974 Back in the day, the virtual dark

A Way With Words: Neologisms
January 5, 2016 Writing Tara R

Neologisms – those sometimes annoying words that began as a noun and over time morphed into a verb. Some of these are a recognized part of our American lexicon. Words such as – chair, table, hammer, eye, mouth. They are so common that we often don’t consider that each of these began as nouns, yet

A Way With Words: Apostrophe Angst
December 29, 2015 Writing Tara R

The humble apostrophe is often abused, or ignored. Misuse of this simple punctuation mark inevitably ranks high on many writing “pet peeve” lists. Just because a word ends with an s doesn’t automatically imply that there will also be an apostrophe included. All of the uncertainty over the proper use of a little accent mark

A Way With Words: Hyphens
December 22, 2015 Writing Tara R

It seems easy enough. Hyphenate when you have two or more words linked together as a single modifier, and the linked words precede the noun they modify, and if the combination of words has a separate meaning without using a hyphen. Remember, hyphens are used specifically to avoid confusion. The problem is that when to

A Way With Words: From bad to worse
December 15, 2015 Writing Tara R

It goes from bad to worse, to the worst. Adjectives that is. Comparative and superlatives adjectives to be precise. Those sets of words that you use to modify nouns to varying degrees. Comparative adjectives use -er or are paired with “more.” Superlative adjectives identify the greatest amount or degree and take the -est suffix and

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