Better, more or less

Several times I’ve mentioned that cleaning up a sentence and making it stronger often results in making it shorter. Shorter isn’t always better, though, especially when you get beyond the individual sentence to consider paragraphs, chapters and entire books. There are times when you need to stretch out and add detail, and there are times when you … More Better, more or less

Point of order

Which should come first, the name of the thing you are talking about, or its qualities? In English, the name of the thing (the noun) usually comes second. In some other languages, it comes first. So while we would say “red stick”, the French would say “baton rouge.” There’s logic in putting the modifiers on the back end. … More Point of order