Saturday, August 11, 2018

Word from Mythology: Chaos

The word from mythology today is CHAOS, which is a Greek word borrowed into English; the ch- in the spelling is a clue. The Greek word is khaos, χάος. In the ancient Greek story of creation, the world originally was "chaos," a void without form or shape, literally the "gap" between heaven and earth at the beginning of creation. In some of the ancient Greek writers, Chaos was one of the most primitive of the gods, along with Gaia (the earth), Tartarus (the underworld), and Eros (love).

Later on, the word chaos came to refer to a mixture of elements that had not yet taken shape in the process of creation, hence our modern sense of things being "chaotic."

The image below is the depiction of "Magnum Chaos," The Great Chaos, as designed by Lorenzo Lotto for the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, Italy.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Grant Snider: Elephants of Typography

Grant Snider is a fantastic artist, and he has created many posters inspired by reading and writing. I really like this poster about "The Elephants of Typography," which is much more fun that the typical approach to the elements of typography, ha ha. For the full-size view, see Grant Snider's blog: The Elephants of Typography. His work is also available in poster-size to put on your wall!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Don't just write words. Write music.

Author Gary Provost was an influential writing instructor and the author of several writing handbooks, including 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing. I'm not sure who first created this colored graphic of his paragraphs about varying sentence length, but it's very powerful! You can find out more about Gary Provost at

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Punctuation Personalities

The graphic by Carrie J Keplinger asks which punctuation mark matches your personality. I guess I am mostly a semi-colon, with a dash of dash! :-)

And here's another take on the same idea that I found at Twitter; click image for larger view: