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dale-estey's picture
Space InvadersWhy you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.By Farhad Manjoo Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social...
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Thanks to students and readers, I've been inspired to create a new column, ASK MIDGE, in which I'll answer questions about writing, publishing, grammar & style, and probably anything else that comes my way. I'd love to hear from you! Please send questions via the link below -- thank you! http...
charles-a-ray's picture
When you’ve been writing for as long as I have (my first piece was published in 1958 when I won a national Sunday school magazine short story contest), there is a dangerous tendency to think you know all you need to know, and it’s only necessary to come up with brilliant ideas.  Well, just when you...
bob-mustin's picture
  I've just noticed this sad note. "Blindness" was my introduction to this writer's fascinating style. He tended to use little punctuation - even periods, which can be a burden to the punctuation inclined. But that fact hooked my pal Dave Frauenfelder, an expert at Latin and Greek,...
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Getting and giving critiques is probably the hardest part of writing, not just because criticism is involved, and no one likes to be criticized, but because it places a value judgment on the giver and the receiver. Some people have no problem with this and other, well, it's like a slap in the face...
jennifer-knox's picture
Recently, I realized that I tend toward overuse of the ellipsis when using social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.  It's almost to say, "I would go on, but I wouldn't want to bother you."  Now, this is fine when it comes to Twitter, seeing as how there is a strict word count...
anthony-maulucci's picture
A myriad of periods ...........................A drama of commas ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A celebration of exclamations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!A spree of apostrophes ´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´´A splash of dashes ----------------------
june-casagrande's picture
  I came across this comma usage in an AOL story today: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California said during an April 22, 2009 hearing on credit card reform conducted by the U.S. House Financial Services Committee ..." For over a decade now, I've been getting paid to stick commas into...
dale-estey's picture
The Boston Globe obituary of Edward Lathem, the editor of Robert Frost's poetry, revived an old controversy. Lathem had standardized Frost's punctuation. He added a comma after dark in "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep." Critics of Lathem argued that the comma "turned the phrase...
june-casagrande's picture
  "My advice to writers just starting out? Don't use semicolons! They are transvestite hermaphrodites, representing exactly nothing. All they do is suggest you might have gone to college."  - Kurt Vonnegut I came across this quotation in Armageddon in Retrospect exactly one week after I...