Monthly Archives: November 2012

Comma confusion

A few weeks ago, I bought a lovely book about typography: ‘Type Matters!’ by Jim Williams. It’s a great sourcebook for information about type design, partly because it builds every point around clear examples. The examples are mostly statements about typography, set in different ways so that readers can see the difference that typographic variation […]

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All care and no responsibility

Last week I was in Port Douglas (eclipse watching, of course). There are warning signs everywhere – mostly about crocodiles and marine stingers. This warning sign, at Mossman Gorge, grabbed my attention: I like the way that the sign acknowledges that people will swim and acknowledges the ability of people to make decisions about their […]

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Using the 3rd person with children

Why do people refer to themselves in the third person when they’re talking to children? This week I listened to a conversation between a mother and son while they were collecting new glasses from the optometrist. The son looked to be about 8, and was being told that he should clean his glasses every night. The […]

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Fabulous tools for writers

I’ve just finished reading the book ‘Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer’ by Roy Peter Clark. It’s perhaps the best ‘toolkit-style’ book about writing that I’ve ever come across. No ‘correctness’ discussions here. This book is all about how language works, and how to fine-tune the writing craft. My favourite strategies come from […]

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