Books, Etcetera

An ancillary benefit from doing book signings is the opportunity to meet the most interesting people. I’ve been signing my novel Murder in Palm Beach: The Homicide That Never Died on weekends at the artisanal market in Manalapan. It’s a small, upscale community near...

It’s elementary, my dear Watson.

The Grammar Grouch is more dyspeptic than usual today. The thing which has him in high dudgeon is that totally, woefully, abysmally wrong pairing of the prepositions “between” and “to” in expressing the distance in whatever context from one item to another. Please...

The English Connection

Have I become a more astute writer in the past decade or so, or has the writing community become more sloppy? Did I in decades past make the same mistakes that I continually see these days in newspapers and other media? I hope not, but maybe 10 years of copyediting...

Well, I’ll be dashed!

I have been remiss, and my file of miscues in the mechanics of writing has grown thick. Newspapers, magazines, business communications – foibles such as “between … to” instead of “between … and,” “your” in the place of you’re, and inappropriate use of the comma are...

Alas, poor Your. Ick.

The best evidence of the deterioration of quality in our society is, in my view, the misuse of your. Ladies and gentlemen, your is an adjective, not a noun or pronoun. It is a possessive adjective. And, being possessive, it gets offended, even jealous, when you use it...

Pronoun Predicament

Driving down the road, listening to NPR, I heard a newscast that reminded me of the conundrum over which pronoun to use when the gender is unknown. It has become common to use they as a singular pronoun. Yet this grates on the ears of those of us inured to the idea...