There’s a nasty little punctuation habit that instantly gives your age away. It’s called the comma splice, and I’ve noticed it’s mostly used by writers under the age of 35. (more…)
Here’s everything we’ve written so far about grammar
Having worked with more than my share of tiresome subs who clearly quite enjoy getting their knickers in a twist about other people’s apostrophe crimes, I don’t want to get too snarky about the rights and wrongs of this important little punctuation mark.
After all, you can’t blame people for not knowing how to punctuate if they’ve never been taught how to do it. (I tend to agree with the journalism teacher who once told me she could tell a student’s age from their punctuation. Few people under forty have a clue, because they had the misfortune to go to school after it was decided that grammar was too elitist to teach).
But if you care about your business you need to know that you will be judged if you get it wrong. (more…)
Note to the The National Literacy Trust: when you’re bewailing the poor grammar and punctuation skills of the UK population, do try and get it right. (more…)
The plural apostrophe is always wrong. Never use an apostrophe to denote a plural.
Pity the poor apostrophe. Whenever he threatens to make an appearance you find yourself coming over all nervous. It’s nothing personal – you just can’t help feeling a little intimidated around a character so hard to comprehend. In fact, that little chap with the scarily (more…)