Torschlusspanik

In medieval Germany, the gates to cities were closed and locked at nightfall. Those that had not yet returned were forced to spend the night outside the safety of the city walls, exposed to predators, thieves, and potential death. The fear of this was known as torschlusspanik; literally, “gate-shut-panic”. In modern English, the word has … Continue reading Torschlusspanik

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