The Importance of Active Verbs

The Importance of Active Verbs

Dude, aren’t all verbs active? Good question, smartass! The truth is, there are passive and active forms of verbs. The active form (without the “ing”) is almost always the best one to use. For example, I often see a variation of the following...
Do you have sprachgefühl?

Do you have sprachgefühl?

Spra-what? Some of the coolest words that have permeated the English language are German in origin: schadenfreude… zeitgeist… doppelgänger… And they’re fun to say too! My new favorite word? Sprachgefühl. Why? For years I’ve been talking...
Laboring over words

Laboring over words

I watched The Social Network again last night, but this time with the audio commentary by Aaron Sorkin and various cast members. Given Aaron Sorkin’s successes and accolades, it’s easy to forget that he’s just a dude with the same writing challenges...