Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

No Illusions: The Skinny on Allude and Elude

Today let’s tackle another pair of easily confused words: allude and elude. And for good measure, let’s throw in delude. All three come from the Latin root: ludere meaning “to play; to mimic, mock; to deceive.” Ludicrous—meaning ridiculous—is closely related. Other “lude” words (not to be confused with lewd) that evolve from this root include […]

Repeat After Me…

Repetition is a great learning device and a useful literary tool, when used judiciously. Redundancy, on the other hand, is essential in situations where a backup system prevents complete failure, but it should be avoided in your writing. Careful use of repetition can drive home a point or strengthen your writing. Effective orators like Abraham […]