Ricky Martin: Ay, Ay, Ay, It’s Christmas

I do not know where I discovered this Ricky Martin song, but my guess is that Rosie O’Donnell had some kind of Christmas compilation (her voice makes an appearance in the song) and I managed to get my hands on it. My husband loathes this song. I find it fun and festive. I really cannot listen to the song without feeling happy. And FWIW, it’s the only Ricky Martin song I own.

Word Wednesday: Further vs Farther

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Even though I’m an editor enforcing many grammar rules, I know I don’t know it all.

Case in point: further vs farther.

At a previous job, I allowed the use of “farther” in an ad campaign, thinking it was completely interchangeable with “further.”

Boy, I could not be further mistaken.

The client questioning the wording was a global client, meaning it would’ve been translated into different languages. That was my first real-life introduction into learning that “farther” represents physical distance and “further” means metaphorical distance.

Sally ran farther in the marathon than Sam.

“Don’t dream it; do it. Take your business further.”

Grammar Girl provides a simple trick to remember which ones to use when—”far” refers to physical distance so you’ll always want “farther” when speaking literally.

Point of Grace: Emmanuel, God With Us

Point of Grace is an all-female Christian band (that I honestly haven’t kept up with over the years) that dropped one of my most favorite Christmas albums. It’s a classic to me and symbolizes the wonder and magnificence of Christmas. With a mix of Jesus-based songs and standard holiday fare, A Christmas Story is an all-around great Christmas album from a Christian group. Below is “Emmanuel, God With Us,” a beautiful song about reaching out to a stranger during the holiday season.