Semicolons

Posted: April 15th, 2014, 8:32 am   By: Sammie Schweissguth
“Your papers all suck, Margaret … shallow insights, stupid citations, and you persist in using semicolons where commas would suffice!”—a writing lesson mixed with motivational speaking in “Four Dead Batteries”

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Verbal Abuse: Matriculate

Posted: April 10th, 2014, 9:23 am   By: brittany.corners
“There had been abuse in my family, but it was mostly musical in nature.”—Terry Bohner, right before things get a little weird.

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Using colons

Posted: April 3rd, 2014, 5:29 pm   By: maggie.walter
“I can clean out your colon faster than one of those burritos with extra guacamole sauce!”—Damon Wayans, rivalling Shakespearean prose, as Major Payne

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Passive Voice

Posted: March 31st, 2014, 9:31 am   By: erin.hempfling
“You know, this is the ’80s, Mr. Miyagi. You can’t be so damn passive!”—Ralph Macchio, with words of advice that transcend a mere decade.

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Double Negatives

Posted: March 28th, 2014, 8:58 am   By: brittany.corners
“Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”—Air traffic control, foolishly trying to keep Maverick from doing his thing

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Subject-Verb Agreement

Posted: March 27th, 2014, 9:20 am   By: brittany.corners
“Marge, we had an agreement. Your sisters don’t come here after six, and I stop eating your lipstick.”—Homer driving a hard bargain, as always

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Split Infinitives

Posted: March 26th, 2014, 10:52 am   By: brittany.corners
“You know, in China they’ll kill a monkey at the table, split its head open, and eat the brains right out of it.”—culinary anthropology in “Waiting for Guffman” This week, we explore split infinitives. We’ve all been given certain rules throughout our lives. Hold your sippy cup with two hands. Look both ways before you […]

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