Dashes: Don’t Make this Writing Mistake

Dashes: Don’t Make this Writing Mistake

Think of the em dash as the traditional dash and the en dash as the hyphen. With our numerous punctuation marks, you would think that one dash is enough, but we have two little marks that are referred to as dashes, and if you are in the publishing business, there are...
Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

English has many troublesome pairs that often perplex writers, because many words in English are similar to others but are not synonyms. Here are some “twins” that often leave a writer wondering which one is appropriate and why. i.e. and e.g. — Using...
Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

In an essay titled Writing in the 21st Century (Skip the first six paragraphs), Steven Pinker, the famous psycholinguist, notes that there are hundreds of grammar rules, and some are valuable. But he says they should not be the first things to concentrate on when we...
Should You Capitalize Job Titles?

Should You Capitalize Job Titles?

Excessive capitalization is widespread in business, and one place is in job titles. A person’s title warrants capitalization because it is a special professional designation, but the widely accepted business writing style calls for capitalizing it only when it...
Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them. A linguist at Columbia, John McWhorter, says that many text messages and email illustrate that most commas...
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