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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: #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: #7

From the Editor’s Eye The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers (And How to Fix Them) The fourth of a ten-part series. #7. Three Dots and Out: Give Your Ellipsis Elbow Room Ellipsis points indicate omitted text or, in … Continue reading

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From the Editor’s Eye: The 10 Most Common Errors Made by Writers

A ten-part series. Introduction The other  day I went to the dentist (yes, editing is a bit like pulling teeth) and my hygienist told me she had just read a book written by one of her other patients. She liked … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘W is for Wasted’ by Sue Grafton—good story, but grammatical errors disconcerting

I have said it before and will say it again: I’m a decades-long fan of Sue Grafton and her character Kinsey Millhone, but some of my previous criticisms remain. However, I shall begin with the positive. I enjoyed Grafton’s W … Continue reading

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