Tag: language

Why the “Oxford Comma” matters

When you write a sentence that includes a list of items, the last one typically starts with “and.”  A question that has been vexing people for centuries now is whether that last clause should start with a comma – i.e.,…

The importance of composition

Some students quibble with me about the weight I give “composition skills.”  This usually happens at the end of the semester when I grade the team design reports. Composition is more than just spelling or grammar.  These days, a computer…

English is funny

There is no egg in the eggplant, no ham in the Hamburger and neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England; French fries were not invented in France. Quicksand takes you down slowly, boxing…