Making a List, Checking it Twice

When you make a trip to the grocery store, do you write an essay about what you want to buy? Hopefully not, because most sane people make a list. Lists make dense information easy to understand at a glance. Instead of searching through wordy sentence after wordy...

Repossessing the Possessive

Excessive apostrophe use is one of the most frequent conditions affecting writers today. How would you like it if a dash were to float above your head, looming over you all day long? Well your numbers and letters don’t like it either. In fact the Chicago Manual of...

The Three Cs in Technical Writing

Clarity—Clarity means saying what you have to say in an organized fashion. Many writers who have something to say and who arrange their information in a logical manner still have difficulty making their writing clear to the reader. To be clear, sentences must have...

AAA

What does the title mean? No, Not the “American Automobile Association.” Actually, it stands for August Acronym Article, and it contains a few helpful lessons about when and how to use acronyms. The first of which is that you should introduce your acronym in...