Grammar Slammer

Punctuation, usage, spelling … the Grammar Slammer is keeping an eye on the way we use (and misuse!) the written word.

‘What’ did you put in quotes?

July 22, 2011
The grammar police are applying full force to the rampant misuse of quotation marks. At least one web site and The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks are documenting the sometimes hilarious application of quotations in inap­propriate places. Examples of publicly posted signs:

5 grammar myths

April 15, 2011
Grammar Girl has debunked these grammar rules, saying, “Almost everyone believes at least one of these myths”:

Avoiding the slash

March 16, 2011

The slash or “/” is usually deployed when you need a quick and dirty way of saying “and” or “or.” Examples: “writer/director” and “and/or.” But, one reader asks, how do you make such phrases possessive?

Making it plural

February 9, 2011

Writers sometimes stumble over how to make words plural. Here are two tricky situations: 1. Family and brand names. 2. Decades and other numbers.

Is it first? Or is it 1st?

January 18, 2011

Which of these is correct? 1. Please book my reservation for Saturday, June 1st. 2. Please book my reservation for Saturday, June first. 3. Please book my reservation for Saturday, June 1.

Grammar Repair Shop: Tips for avoiding 4 common word goofs

June 1, 2006
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Putting together an office style guide

May 1, 2006
Which is correct: “E-Mail” or “e-mail”? “Red, white and blue” or “red, white, and blue”? “A.M.” or “a.m.”? Would everyone in your office answer the same way? If not, you could probably use an internal style guide.