Your 10-minute writing brush-up                       OCTOBER  2017

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a sweeping but unpretentious grammar, usage and plain language resource. Its creator is George Pearson, a writer and editor based in Stratford, Ontario.

Pun time  

If  you get a fruit basket from your psychiatrist it will probably be shrink-wrapped.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but you mean your mother.
 Talking of psychology, does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Copy editors, where are you?
Slip into the copy editor's chair (which seems often empty these days) and help out these professional writers and editors in their time of need. There's at least one error in each item:
David Brooks, New York Times columnist:
Pulaski and his men were soon surrounded by flame. Hand on his gun, he forced them to lay face down in the mud of an abandoned mine tunnel.
Toronto Star photo caption:
Patrick Boyle, his wife Linda and security consultant Andy Ellis talk to Canadian and U.S. officials about the release of Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children.
In the related Star story:
They called security consultant Andy Ellis, a retired member of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, who the Boyles had hired earlier this year to help them navigate the political and security labyrinth that relatives of hostages must negotiate.
Finishing the Star's trifecta in the Boyle story above:
Phone calls came from around the world all day Thursday at the Boyle's home.
Moving over to The Globe and Mail:
It was in the World Series that [the Kansas City Royals] really shined, though.
Staying with the Globe:
He did not travel to Toronto on Monday's team flight, but came Tuesday on the private jet of team owner, Micky Arison.
And back to the Star:
R.A. Dickey is part of a small group of professional pitchers that throws a knuckleball.
The Star again for a photo caption:
The Raptors' Kyle Lowry works out under the watchful gaze of coach Dwane Casey as they get set to tipoff against the Magic.
And, finally, back to the New York Times (online):
Then it was the Dodgers turn, rallying for three runs to tie it in the ninth inning, the last of which came on Chris Taylor's two-out, two-strike single that scored Austin Barnes.
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