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The War on Apostrophe

O, the much-embattled apostrophe, whose legacy is under fire in the English language, now faces an even greater, if not farcical, fight in Kazakhstan as folks become apoplectic. Is this apocalyptic? Or merely apocryphal? “Linguists . . . protested that the president’s … Continue reading

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The Most Pernicious Problem in Punctuation Today . . .

Oops. I encountered this abomination in a motel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Lest you try to foist the blame on the Arkansas education system, Wyndham Hotel Group is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, across the Hudson from NYC. I blame Bill Gates. … Continue reading

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Ten Most Common Errors Made by Writers: #0

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The eleventh of a ten-part series. #0. Extra: (A Few of) My Language Pet Peeves: Word Contortion, Distortion &  Deformation (Hoping for Reformation) … Continue reading

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Ten Most Common Errors Made by Writers: #1

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The tenth of a ten-part series. #1. Verbal Abuse: Lie Down with Lay & Related Verb Warps  Drum roll please . . . the error … Continue reading

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Ten Most Common Errors Made by Writers: #2

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The ninth of a ten-part series. #2. Apostrophic Calamity: Apostrophe vs. Dumb Quotes More from the Ripping Out One’s Hair Department: The oft-abused, … Continue reading

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Ten Most Common Errors Made by Writers: #3

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The eighth of a ten-part series. #3. Pronounflagration: Pronoun Profusion, Confusion, and Contusion When you write something, you know your intent, what it … Continue reading

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Ten Most Common Errors Made by Writers: #6

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The fifth of a ten-part series. #6. A Tense Moment: Word Context, Past & Present You and I are sitting at a bar, … Continue reading

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