Monthly Archives: January 2013

A taste of fame, “renown”

In a recent client edit I stumbled over the word “reknown” and realized that I needed to look up the correct spelling. I was sympathetic with the author’s mishap, as I have made the same mistake myself; the lure of … Continue reading

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The rule of commas: inside or outside the quotation marks?

I was once asked by a client whether a comma following quoted material should go outside the quotation marks. Doesn’t it make sense, for example, to put the comma outside when one is listing items: My favorite Green Day songs … Continue reading

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Eat your broccoli (or, how to present single letters in text for maximum readability)

It never ceases to amaze me that, while my brain has no difficulty coming up with the spelling of “hors d’oeuvre”, I have to look up the word “broccoli” on a regular basis to remind myself that it has two … Continue reading

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Editing/proofreading for a new year

My tip: If you are editing or proofreading a written work with the word “January” in it and the subject is not Elvis Presley (whose birthday is January 8, 1935), check to make sure that the numerical year has been … Continue reading

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