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Capitol or capital?

My home in Austin, Texas, is just off “Capital of Texas Highway.” Shouldn’t it be “Capitol of Texas Highway”? No, “capital” is correct since it refers to Austin as the capital city. The version with the “o” is correct only when referring to the building that Congress or a legislative body meets in. Here’s a hint to help you remember: Many capitol buildings, such as the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC, have a dome. Remember the “o” in dome matches the “o” in capitol. All other uses of capital (the city, money, capital letters, and the ornamental top of a structural column) are spelled with an “a.”

Want to learn more? Consider my two writing seminars: Business Writing in Plain English and Goof-Proof Grammar.

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Posted Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Link to entry

Good or well?

James Brown sang “I feel good…knew that I would.” Shouldn’t he have said “I feel well” instead? No, it would have destroyed the rhyme scheme. And “well” would have been wrong. This one is tricky because “good” is an adjective; “well” is an adverb. And you may recall that adverbs modify verbs (as in “speak slowly”). So it certainly looks as if the adverb “well” would be the right choice to modify the verb “feel.” But here’s a quirk: verbs relating to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) need adjectives to modify them. For example, “It looks good,” “It tastes good,” “It smells good,” are all correct. Thus, “I feel good” is also correct. So James Brown gets an A for grammar.

Want to learn more? Consider my two writing seminars: Business Writing in Plain English and Goof-Proof Grammar.

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Posted Thursday, March 06, 2008 | Link to entry

Sharing the good work of others

Already on my Resources page I’ve recommended several books I’ve learned from over the years. Those references will remain posted there; new additions, however, will be featured here.

Several of my friends, colleagues, and readers have sent me copies of books they have written and I am trying to give them a thorough reading. As I make it through the backlog, I’ll post my observations. (Don’t worry, if I don’t like the book, I won’t saying anything about it). So if you’ve written a book or produced an audio or video on speaking or writing skills, let me know. If I like it and learn from it, I’ll post it here in Dave’s Raves.

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Posted Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Link to entry

Help me feature you

I’ve been privileged to have spoken in 22 countries and each one of them holds a special memory. The hospitality afforded me has been simply astonishing. So to show my appreciation, I want to share some of my travel experiences with the rest of my readers.

In the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos and observations about the exotic and exciting adventures that I have enjoyed with many of you. Here’s how you can help: if you have a photo of me while I attended one of your events, please send me an e-mail (use the Contact button at the top right of each page on this website). Don’t send the photos just yet; I’ll give you instructions on how to send them. But with your help, I’ll be able to build a photo album and travelogue showcasing our time and travels together. 

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Posted Saturday, March 01, 2008 | Link to entry

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