Project Semicolon: A Different Take on the Semicolon

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Sticklers for punctuation seem to have a thing for the semicolon. There are those who don’t really pay much attention to its use, while others may not have a clue. Then there are those who utterly dislike it. “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites […]

Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation Marks

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The debate on how to use quotation marks has been raging for a very long time, probably just as long as any other grammar issue. Perhaps one of the main things that bother people is how quotation marks are used unnecessarily. There is another issue about quotation marks that often come up: how they are […]

Non-Errors in the English Language (Part 2)

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If your high school English teach was anything like my teacher, she/he probably always emphasized the “rule” about NOT using conjunctions to begin your sentence.  “You must never begin a sentence with a conjunction” is the mantra of many an English teacher.  Just because “everyone” says it is a rule does not necessarily mean it […]

More Funny Signs that Could Use Better Grammar/Spelling

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It’s been more than a month since I posted the first group of funny (or not-so-funny for some) signs on FWJ. When I woke up this morning, I thought that it would be a good idea to post some more signs for the grammar section. After all, it is a Monday, and we can all […]

What’s the Apostrophe Doing There?

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The apostrophe is an innocuous-looking thing, but it does have the power to screw things up – just like the comma.  I don’t know about you, but I feel so uncomfortable when I see signs and other written material that look like the following. Photo credit: Jeffrey Hill Photo credit: Quezi So what’s wrong with […]