Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Word of the Week – ruth

With no apologies to Stephen Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, I offer this week’s Word of the Week — a post that was written weeks before this strip appeared: I’m addicted to Words with Friends, the online Scrabble-like game. I say Scrabble–like, because the goal is the same: to create a crossword puzzle with […]

Is it too much to know which to-two-too to use?

As if two-word homophones aren’t confusing enough, today we tackle the to-too-two dilemma. Too much for you? Not if you keep a few definitions in mind. Easy one first: two – two is always a number. Use two when you are referring to a quantity that is greater than one and less than three. The […]

Word of the Week – discombobulated

Last weekend we made the 1600-mile trip for my family’s annual reunion. As usual, it was a whirlwind trip as we attempted to see as many relatives and friends as possible in three days. And as usual, it’s left me feeling discombobulated. Of all the onomatopoetic words, discombobulated is my favorite. (Onomatopoeic words are words […]

Put Modifiers in their Place

Engaging prose makes good use of modifiers. Descriptive words—adjectives, adverbs, and phrases—add the kind of detail that draws the reader into a story or clarifies a piece of nonfiction. But beware the misplaced modifier. Confusion or unintended humor can result when the descriptive word or phrase is placed too far from the word it modifies. […]

When Opposites Attract

Hearing this line in a recent news report got me thinking about oxymorons.   The government made it clear they will give unspecified military aid… Given that this is the government speaking, I shouldn’t be surprised by the contradictory language. After all, we’ve come to accept doublespeak from governments. They have given us such non […]