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Boo! Scare quotes: don’t spook your readers, customers, or clients with these boo-boos!

Boo! Scare quotes: don’t spook your readers, customers, or clients with these boo-boos!

Every day is Halloween when I see all-too-common mistakes in business writing: the overuse and abuse of quotation marks and capitalization (or the double-whammy combo of both in a sentence!) for emphasis or importance on this example—my e-newsletter subscription from...
Looking for love, er, commas in the wrong places

Looking for love, er, commas in the wrong places

The comma earns the reputation of the most misused, abused, overused, and underused punctuation mark. This is yet another evidence of that—a blog comment found on a dating coaching website: Why on earth does a very religious, straight woman chase after polyamorous gay...
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do with the upper case

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do with the upper case

The screenshot below is taken straight from a guy’s About page on his professional website. He’s obviously not a writer by trade as he prefers another method of communication, but is he talking about his biological parent, God, or a clergyman?...
Exhibit 1: Animal Sacrifice

Exhibit 1: Animal Sacrifice

  Friends don’t let friends type while drunk—or at least type without a grammar and punctuation checker. There are plenty of checkers online for free, folks. Yes, there are tons of errors on the screenshot below (instant comma karma’s gonna get you,...
Under (de)construction

Under (de)construction

I’m just getting the ball (rock ‘n) rolling right now. More to come. In the meantime, check out my partial writing clips. Photo credit:  "construction zone" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by granth Please follow and Like The Language...