Category : Punctuation

10:54 am , March 14, 2012 0

I am a fan of the serial (Oxford) comma because it clearly distinguishes the difference between the first object, the second object, and the third object. I am not alone in my preference; Chicago and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation strongly recommend use of the serial comma. The Associated Press and newspaper publications, such as The New York […]

4:34 pm , November 25, 2011 1

A blog I periodically read is The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks. I enjoy reading this blog primarily because of its humor regarding the use of scare quotes, which are unnecessary quotation marks. Using punctuation in this manner is generally regarded as superfluous and is discouraged. Here are a few examples of scare quotes: The Democrats […]

1:43 pm , September 24, 2011 3
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I recently edited a project in which hyphens were removed from the following words: self-esteem, self-importance, and self-confidence. I went to task on inserting hyphens for each of these words and found myself wondering why I was compelled to do this. When I asked the author why the hyphens were originally removed, I received the response, […]