They don’t mean the same thing…really… Part 2

In a previous post, we talked about homophones, words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. That discussion would be incomplete without talking about homographs (from the Greek homo-, meaning “same”, and graph, meaning “writing”), words that … Continue reading

This is simply amazing!!!!!!!

The exclamation point seems to be one of the most overused pieces of punctuation, and you will probably find that most editors and publishers today do not want to see them in your writing. I think that completely eliminating them … Continue reading

I’d like a quote, please…

Ah, quotation marks. They seem like such simple pieces of punctuation, yet they are abused like the rest. Their primary function is to indicate something is a direct quote or a piece of dialogue. They also serve other functions, and … Continue reading

A mad dash…

I apologize for the long delay in between posts. I am hoping to be more consistent. Ellipses (singular, ellipsis), dashes, and hyphens are three more punctuation marks that are not always used well. In today’s post, I want to give … Continue reading