Category Archives: punctuation

Typing Lesson

As a graphic designer, I receive all kinds of text files to use in the creation of documents and more. Before I can begin to work with most text documents I have to clean them up. I have tried in … Continue reading

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Bad Writing

In my 30 years of communicating with tech support people by text and email, I have found a consistent pattern. THEY CANNOT WRITE! Bad sentence structure. Bad punctuation. Bad spelling. Bad grammar. How could they be expected to communicate effectively … Continue reading

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Up to Date

Many people do not know when to hyphenate these three words. The answer is simple. The hyphens are used only in the adjective form (i.e., up-to-date information). There are no hyphens when you “keep someone up to date.”

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Idina Menzel Sings It Wrong

Idina Menzel has been selected to sing the Star Spangled Banner on numerous occasions, yet she never gets it right. As the music is written, the word “banner” is pronounced in three syllables (ba-ne-er), not four syllables (ba-a-ne-er). Check out … Continue reading

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This brand of quiz show answers as well as it asks

What is Jeopardy? This post describes my recent experience with Jeopardy. For some time, I have been bothered by the double standard of the show; a strict one for the contestants and somewhat lax one for themselves. Although I had … Continue reading

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Only one way to say semifinal

If you watched the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, you heard the word “semifinal” pronounced in several ways. Will someone please tell these commentators that this is the correct way to say the word? See link below. http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/semi-final Semmee-final YES Semma-final … Continue reading

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Jeopardy Should Not Make Mistakes

I have watched Jeopardy for many years. I have found Alex Trebek to be the extreme pedant. His demand for complete accuracy from the contestants is intense. Yet, he and his staff seem to be quite careless when it comes … Continue reading

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