Archive: Punctuation and Grammar

Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

Puzzling Pairs: Words that Confuse Writers

English has many troublesome pairs that often perplex writers, because many words in English are similar to others but are not synonyms. Here are some “twins” that often leave a writer wondering which one is appropriate and why. i.e. and e.g. — Using...
Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Can Writers Trust Writing-Style Guides?

Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style,” for 60 years a bible of good writing for many students and adults, is still valuable but has some “cockamamie advice,” says famed linguist Steven Pinker. In an essay titled Writing in the 21st...
Should You Capitalize Job Titles?

Should You Capitalize Job Titles?

Excessive capitalization is widespread in business, and one place is in job titles. A person’s title warrants capitalization because it is a special professional designation, but the widely accepted business writing style calls for capitalizing it only when it...
Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them. A linguist at Columbia, John McWhorter, says that many text messages and email illustrate that most commas...