By Jerry Brown, APR
I’ve been a fan for some years of Word Trippers, a short ezine that shows up in my email each week.
Word Trippers is written by Barbara McNichol, who specializes in editing book manuscripts. Here’s an example from last week:
“Convince, persuade – You ‘convince’ someone of an idea but ‘persuade’ someone to take action. Therefore, it’s correct to say, ‘He convinced me it would taste good’ but incorrect to say, ‘He convinced me to taste it.’ Instead, you’d say, ‘He persuaded me to taste it.'”
As someone who has made his living with words for several decades, most of Barbara’s Word Trippers cover rules of word usage I already know. But from time to time I learn something new — as I did last week with her explanation of the distinction between convince and persuade. And I always enjoy reading her brief, clear explanations of common mistakes in word usage.
If you’re not already on Barbara’s distribution list, you can sign up for Word Trippers for free. She’s also published a collection of Word Trippers in book form, which she sells for $16.95. You can order it from her online.
I don’t own the book yet. It’s something I’m going to give myself for Christmas. But, if it’s as good as the tips she deposits in my email each week, it’ll be a great addition to my ever-growing collection of books on words, writing and grammar.
So, if you’re looking for a gift for that logophile on your shopping list, you might send them a copy of Barbara’s book. Or sign up for the email version. It’s well worth the few seconds it takes each week to read.
Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate). And Happy New Year. MMMM will return in January.
That’s my’ two cents’ worth. What’s yours?