If I Hear That Word Again, I’ll…

We probably all have a word we absolutely can’t stand, or something that sets our teeth on edge every time we hear it. My most hated word is: Robust, as in “able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions,” “healthy, strong and vigorous,” or “not likely to fail or weaken,” etc. … Read more…

Writers and Words

A writer’s work is with words, so we often have to be precise in our choices to get the message across, unless it really doesn’t matter, of course. No one needs to be “on” all the time. For the most part, we tend to be precise, even when we shock … Read more…

Simple or Simple-Minded?

Should we feel insulted if someone has called us simple-minded? What’s in a word? Perhaps we should feel insulted. For such a simple word, there seems to be a range of definitions! The word simple by itself means something that is not hard to understand. Yet simple-minded can mean everything … Read more…