On Setting the Mood

I’m reading The Help right now. Well, okay actually I’m listening to the audio book. Yesterday there was a scene where a character was going over to another character’s house to talk. The scene was tense, awkward, and even a bit suspenseful because we weren’t sure what was going to happen during the conversation. As I listened, […]

Grammar Tip: Capitalizing the Seasons

[source] I’ve talked about this before, but people like to capitalize everything. I do not understand this. If you capitalize every single word, then no words stand out! This defeats the purpose of capitalization in the first place. It should also be stated that I am equally as annoyed by people who refuse to capitalize anything. They […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

According to our friend CMOS, 16th edition, section 8.60: “Personal, national, or geographical names, and words derived from such names, are often lowercased when used with a nonliteral meaning.” Basically, this means that even though you think certain words should be capitalized, when they are being used in a nonliteral sense, they are lowercased. Here’s an example: […]

What Does it Mean to Stand with Arms Akimbo? (and other strange words)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always know the meaning of every single word I come across. When I read a word that’s unfamiliar to me, I first try to guess the meaning using the context of the sentence. Then, if that doesn’t work, I’ll use a dictionary if I have one handy. […]