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Rhetoric Followers Want “New Rhetoric” – NewView Options Provides the “Rhetoric of Newness”

Many major scholars of Rhetoric have been calling for a “New Rhetoric” for years because Rhetoric hasn’t panned out well, especially as applied to writing. NewView Options claims to have created an effective “Rhetoric of Newness” to replace the old, ineffective Rhetoric of forms handed down from ancient Greece. Provo, UT – January 26, 2010 […]

That Which Is Correct and That Which Is Not

By Jay Hodges A common assumption writers make is that that and which are interchangeable. They are not. That is a defining or restrictive pronoun, which means that the information following it is necessary for the sentence to make sense. Which is a nondefining, or nonrestrictive pronoun, which means that the text following it adds […]

Scorn, Snobbery, and Self-mutilation: Hypercorrection and You

By Erin Nelsen Have you ever tried so hard to not screw up that you actually sabotaged yourself with your own effort? In writing, this is called hypercorrection—the fear of error that leads to error. Hypercorrection leads to nasties such as My friend whom for My friend who Between her and I for between her […]

Sound-alikes That Make You Sound a-Stupid

By Meg LaBorde, Lari Bishop, Erin Nelsen Authors, emailers, bloggers, and writers of all kinds: are common mistakes making you look like a dum-dum? In our lovely English language, phrases sometimes take an ugly turn when sneaky homophones or sound-alikes get involved. For instance, have you ever offered to flush out an idea for someone? […]

Common v. Correct

By Lari Bishop Decided May 17, 2006 Cases before the court: Bring v. Take Like v. Such as Over v. More than/Greater than Big Bad Book Blog delivered the opinion. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary occasionally dissenting. Chicago Manual of Style occasionally dissenting. Common usage has invaded the domain of correct usage. The two parties constantly battle […]

Lies Your English Teacher Told You

By Erin Nelsen Picture the worst English teacher you ever had. The one who made you diagram sentences and say “May I” instead of “Can I” and never, ever laughed, even if you packed five vocabulary words into one demonstration sentence. The one who made you read The Scarlet Letter. The one who told you […]