Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

HUGE thanks to all of my friends and family who came out to hear me read and play with Tim Simmons and Dave Calamaro at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House on Saturday night. And thanks, too, to OHFM for hosting us! One of the pieces I performed was from a work in progress. I call…Read more Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

The Magic Colon

As you may have guessed from the lack of posts on my blog lately, I'm gearing up for another semester of teaching. This semester, I'm trying to put together a few mini-lessons on writing for an online section of ENG 101 that I picked up at the last minute. Here's a lesson on effective titles…Read more The Magic Colon

Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”

A regular reader of this blog recently wrote with the following quandary: Q: It drives me crazy when I hear someone say “It’s not dissimilar to…” or “It’s not unlike...”  THEN IT’S SIMILAR OR IT’S LIKE, YOU IDIOT! Please explain this language phenomenon to me. A: What we're dealing with here is a matter of degree. To say…Read more Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”