This Month's Topic



Thank you, and farewell  

This is the last issue of WordClips. After 40 years of writing, editing and teaching other people how words work, I've decided to retire and follow less dangerous pursuits. I leave you with a repeat of the issue that received the warmest response from readers over six years of publishing. And just in case you want to be reminded of more, watch for 52 Weeks of WordClips, a collection coming out in the spring. I've loved being in the word business and wouldn't have missed a moment. Thank you for joining me.

The 12 days of WordClips
On the first day of WordClips
I vowed to never worry about splitting an infinitive again.
On the second day of WordClips
I used subject lines that made sense in almost all my emails.
On the third day of WordClips
I told a colleague that you can have a lot of money, or allot your money to your cat, but alot is not a word.
On the fourth day of WordClips
I went 45 minutes without using the passive voice. It was used by me at minute 46.
On the fifth day of WordClips
I remembered "thus" is never necessary, except if you are Zarathustra, and even then it is pretentious.
On the sixth day of WordClips
I rediscovered a salient tip from Elmore Leonard about writing. "Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."
On the seventh day of WordClips
I winced when I read "know where" instead of "nowhere" in a blog. Spellcheck is not a reliable resource.
On the eighth day of WordClips
I hit the garbage can icon whenever I received an email with more than one exclamation mark.
On the ninth day of WordClips
I laughed at Paul Brian's list of words people spell the way they hear them: trite and true, pre-Madonna, in sink, point of you and Wensday. Check out his Common Errors in English Usage (dull name for a great book).
On the tenth day of WordClips
I ranted to whoever would listen that "advance planning" "collaborate together" and "positive improvement" might be overstating the case. The alternatives are?
On the eleventh day of WordClips
I repeated the only joke I know about writing. The past and the present walk into a bar. It was tense.
On the twelfth day of WordCips
I reminded readers to always proofred frist before pressing sned.
Have a wonderful holiday time, however you celebrate.