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Tom Freeman on Twitter: "Having a trademark *entitles you* to put “TM” after your brand name; it does not *compel anyone else* to do so. It’s like having a degree."
via @SnoozeInBrief: "Having a trademark *entitles you* to put 'TM' after your brand name; it does not *compel anyone else* to do so. It’s like having a degree."
trademark  snoozeinbrief  doctors  degrees  canonical  twitter  2015 
april 2017 by handcoding
Use split infinitives to better support your meaning | Stroppy Editor
"You shouldn’t be worried about split infinitives. Not because we live in a liberal era in which “anything goes”, but because split infinitives (like the White Paper’s one) are useful. By tucking a word like “better” snugly inside the infinitive, you make crystal clear what it applies to. The split makes the grammar and thus the meaning of the sentence clearer."
splitinfinitives  grammar  superstitions  2016  snoozeinbrief 
april 2016 by handcoding
What words “should” mean and what they actually mean | Stroppy Editor
This is a pretty good takedown of the argument that "decimate" can only mean "to destroy one tenth."
decimate  stroppyeditor  snoozeinbrief  2016 
march 2016 by handcoding
Contractions: which are common and which aren’t? | Stroppy Editor
"In the past they were felt to be too colloquial for the written medium, and editors of academic journals are still inclined to edit them out. The writers of formal documents may feel that they undermine the authority and dignity of their words. But the interactive quality that contractions lend to a style is these days often sought, in business and elsewhere. They facilitate reading by reducing the space taken up by predictable elements of the verb phrase, and help to establish the underlying rhythms of prose."
contractions  snoozeinbrief  canonical  language  2015 
october 2015 by handcoding
12 Times Grammar Pedants Got Their Pedantry Completely Wrong
"If you’re going to criticise someone’s grammar, you’d better get it right.

"And people love to criticise each other’s grammar. One thing they particularly like to criticise is the “passive”. The passive is (roughly speaking) when you arrange a sentence so that the object becomes the subject, like this: “the ball was kicked”, instead of “he kicked the ball”. People don’t like it because they say it can hide the person who was responsible for something: “mistakes were made”, instead of “I made mistakes”."
buzzfeed  grammar  passivevoice  passive  language  2015  snoozeinbrief 
july 2015 by handcoding

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