Microsoft What?

I am the first to acknowledge, often with no small amount of righteous indignation, that Microsoft Word's spelling and grammar checker often doesn't know what the hell it's doing. But recently, I've been having a fight with Word that is so perplexing to me that I've actually begun to doubt myself. Below is a list …

“Bartholomew”

Today I read: If nothing else, one ought to know how to treat a comma. Abandonment or abuse of the comma muddles discourse, and this lack of respect is akin to neglect, to a lack of appreciation, to an unreasonable rejection of the very foundation of all worthy human interactions. -- Benjamin Samuel, "The Comma …

“Lacrimosa”

I recently read a bit of Stephen King's critique of the adverb, and while I take his point, also . . . no. Says King: Consider the sentence He closed the door firmly. It’s by no means a terrible sentence (at least it’s got an active verb going for it), but ask yourself if firmly …