Aug 31

AaCap­i­tal­iz­ing words in an attempt to lend them empha­sis or impor­tance is near the top of this copyeditor’s (and prob­a­bly many oth­ers’) list of pet peeves. Peo­ple! A pri­mary use of ital­ics is to empha­size words. Under­lin­ing is another, albeit some­what anti­quated, way to do so. All-capping does the trick in infor­mal writ­ing, though you have to be care­ful: it can be taken as shouting–whether angry or excited, des­per­ate or freaked out. But Nowhere in mod­ern writ­ing of Eng­lish has mid-sentence cap­i­tal­iza­tion been taught as a way to show empha­sis. (See what I did there? Just demon­strat­ing the break­ing of The Rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 6

confused_bug_color from Flickr via Wylio


© 2006 Ben Pid­ding­ton, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

A lot of peo­ple get con­fused about the dif­fer­ence between affect and effect, not to men­tion how they vary as nouns and verbs. I was dis­mayed, how­ever, to see such a mix-up sur­face in The New York Times. Alas, every­one makes mis­takes, so let’s learn from theirs: Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 8

My “Gram­mar Grad­u­a­tion certificate”!

This was fun! Take this gram­mar quiz and see how you do! Gram­mar hap­pens to be “my thing”; if it’s not yours — and you are in need of some writ­ing assis­tance — shame­less plug: be in touch, and let’s see if we’re a good fit to work on your piece together! ~Heidi


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