A break is where a hyphen divides a word at the end of a line. Learn how to distinguish good breaks from bad.
Compound words are often born with a hyphen. Some evolve into open compounds, others become closed, and the odd one remains hyphenated. And, the same word can be treated every which way depending on the dictionary you check. Furthermore, many compounds add or drop hyphens depending on their function in a sentence. No one can be expected to keep track. Follow these guidelines for how and when to hyphenate compounds.
The hyphen is the duct tape of punctuation—a household staple with many uses. Learn when hyphens should be used and how.
Even the most conscientious writer has difficulties with gender-neutral writing. Here's a list of tips for avoiding gender bias without sacrificing style.
Despite advances in gender equality and inclusiveness, gender bias pervades the English language. In this post I discuss how pronouns function, why they cause problems, and what the alternatives are.