Category Archives: Punctuation

Why use a copyeditor indeed.

I’m not a big re-blogger (in fact, I’m not sure I’ve done it here before…certainly very few times). But this post crossed my desk courtesy of the Editorial Freelancers Association (of which I am a member), and it’s worth sharing. … Continue reading

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Word Crimes: Weird Al gets it. Why don’t the grammar police?

Weird Al Yankovic has been releasing videos for his new album this week, and the one for “Word Crimes” (based on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”) has gotten a lot of attention in the news and chat circles I follow — … Continue reading

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In Praise of Minor Holidays / -day’s / -days’

In New England on the third Monday of April we celebrate a peculiar regional legal holiday: Patriots’ Day. It’s a very local holiday, noted only in Massachusetts and Maine (…and, for reasons which I still need to research, Wisconsin observes … Continue reading

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Apostrophes, by request

In English, there are three common uses for the apostrophe [ ‘ ]: to show omission (contraction) to show possession to clarify the meaning or pronunciation of certain non-standard words (typically plurals of abbreviations) Most folks are familiar with the … Continue reading

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A Brace of Brackets [ ]

Brackets, brackets, who’s got the brackets? Today’s post focuses on a more strict question of editing style than usual. It deals with the use of brackets [ ]  , sometimes also known as square brackets in American English.

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