Split Infinitives: Should You Split Hairs Over Them?

For over two hundred years there has been controversy surrounding split infinitives and their usage in writing. To clarify, a split infinitive occurs when a word (almost always an adverb) is inserted between the ‘to’ and the verb in a sentence. Perhaps the most famous example of a split infinitive: “To boldly go (where no … Continue reading Split Infinitives: Should You Split Hairs Over Them?

Why You Should be Using the Serial Comma

The serial comma, most commonly known as the Oxford comma or the Harvard comma, is used before a coordinating conjunction ('and' or 'or') in a list of three or more items in a list. For example: Cheddar, brie, and gorgonzola. The serial comma remains a controversial topic among grammar enthusiasts, some arguing that it is unnecessary … Continue reading Why You Should be Using the Serial Comma

The Ethics of Writing under the Influence of Cognitive Enhancers

I must be very careful. (In a poetic sense, words are just as powerful as drugs). I neither want to condemn nor condone those that use mind-alerting substances, whatever their motive. My goal is not to pass judgement, but to investigate the relationship between drugs and creative endeavours. --- A lot of writers drink coffee. … Continue reading The Ethics of Writing under the Influence of Cognitive Enhancers