M.Leddy + punctuation   97

Oxford and its comma
CMOS Shop Talk, from The Chicago Manual of Style, presents the history of the Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
9 days ago by M.Leddy
Goodnight commas
The title of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon is without a vocative comma. The text, too, is comma-free.
commas  punctuation 
11 days ago by M.Leddy
Prefix workout
From The Chicago Manual of Style, ten questions about prefixes.
punctuation 
24 days ago by M.Leddy
“Peace, prosperity[,] and”
The ‘Brexit’ 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
24 days ago by M.Leddy
Vocative comma, no comma
E.g., “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “Hey Joe.”
commas  punctuation 
29 days ago by M.Leddy
Stan Carey on the vocative comma
Editor and “swivel-chair linguist” Stan Carey explains the uses of the vocative comma.
commas  punctuation 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
The Apostrophe Protection Society
The Apostrophe Protection Society throw’s in the towel.
apostrophe  misspelling  punctuation  spelling 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
New Yorker commas
Turning the pages of a January New Yorker, I noticed this tag at the end of a story: “Translated, from the Japanese, by Philip Gabriel.” Only The New Yorker, said I, would use commas there.
commas  NewYorker  punctuation 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
“Un-Amercian”.
A professor’s attempt at humorous criticism of punctuation.
punctuation 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Weevils and hyphens
The area of Arkansas where these “Sweet Potatoes” were grown and stored appears to be not only “weevil free” but hyphen-free as well. Maybe the weevils ate the hyphens before moving on.
punctuation 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Adventures in hyphenation
Stan Carey poses a question: What would serve as an apt compound modifier for the opposite of user-friendly ?
punctuation 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
Apostrophes in the news
“When the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words ‘Red Handed.’”
apostrophe  punctuation 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
The New Yorker’s Jr.
Reading the May 6 New Yorker, I just noticed that the magazine also uses comma-Jr.-comma with first names: “Don, Jr., suggested to his father,” &c. And the possessive form: “Don, Jr.,’s role,” &c. What’s that they say about a foolish consistency?
NewYorker  punctuation 
may 2019 by M.Leddy
Hyphens in the news
New directions in hyphenation for the AP Stylebook.
punctuation 
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Punctuation in the news
Olivia Jade Giannulli risks having her trademark applications rejected because of poor punctuation.
punctuation 
march 2019 by M.Leddy

An episode of 99% Invisible about punctuation.
punctuation 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The Washington Post reports on the one-space-or-two research study.
punctuation  typography 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
ICYMI
The latest xkcd, “IMHO.” With the two-space, one-space debate.
comics  punctuation  typography 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
One space, two spaces
Matthew Butterick of Practical Typography looks at a research study’s claim that the use of two spaces after a period makes text more readable.
punctuation  typography 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Hyphen needed
Unconscious bias training, or unconscious-bias training?
punctuation 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
;;;;;;;;
Making up for a missing comma with eight semicolons.
commas  punctuation  semicolon 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“Fellow-billionaires”
Why does The New Yorker hyphenate it?
NewYorker  punctuation 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
“Or,” or “, or”?
“Would you like coffee or tea?” “Would you like coffee, or tea?”
punctuation  questions 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Trump[,] Jr.
A writer can of course make a possessive form with a comma, as The New Yorker has: Jr.,’s. I think though that a style choice that eliminates any possibilty of .,’ is the better choice.
BryanGarner  NewYorker  punctuation 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
“Hysteria over hyphens”
The Economist addresses finds one thing certain about hyphenation.
punctuation 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Bristol’s “grammar vigilante”
More accurately, a punctuation vigilante. Or perhaps more accurately still, a spelling vigilante.
grammar  punctuation  spelling 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
An Oxford comma in the news
A decision in a Maine court case concerning overtime pay hinges on the absence of an Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“Improves focus”
Two spaces after a period? Oxford commas? From a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode.
punctuation  television 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Quotation marks and the Internet
It’s not that difficult to create smart marks.
Internet  punctuation  technology 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Punctuation and parentheses
A Mary Norris video. This discussion of parentheses and punctuation smacks of reverse engineering, beginning with the way The New Yorker does things (“That’s how we do it at The New Yorker ,” Norris says) and then working out an explanation.
NewYorker  punctuation 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Ida’s apostrophe
A sign in Boston’s North End.
Boston  punctuation  signage 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
.
Reports of the period’s death are greatly exaggerated.
punctuation 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Mr. Hyphen and e-mail
Keeping the hyphen in “e-mail” seems a logical choice.
e-mail  punctuation 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Got hyphens?
Every “tobacco free campus” — and there are many — needs a good supply of hyphens.
punctuation  signage 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
VW punctuation
Fun with punctuation in three advertisements for the Volkswagen Passat.
advertising  punctuation 
august 2015 by M.Leddy
NYT quizzes
Punctuation and verb tenses.
grammar  punctuation 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
The Hammacher Schlemmer crazy making hyphen shortage problem.
The catalogue’s cover announces “America’s Longest Running Catalog.” Yet the catalogue is not devoted to running gear. Nor is it especially long — only eighty pages. Do you see trouble ahead?
advertising  punctuation 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
One more from Mr. Hyphen
“Should we refrain from ‘cooperate’ because someone might, either seriously or facetiously, pronounce it ‘coop-erate ’?”
punctuation 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Small Colon Collider, up, running
“The tildes kept slipped off the first n and getting stuck in the machinery.”
punctuation 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
Living on hyphens
“My father specialized in the field of the compound word. We of his household may be said to have lived on hyphens.”
punctuation 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Raymond Carver on words and punctuation
“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places so that they can best say what they are meant to say.”
punctuation  RaymondCarver  words  writing 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Mary Norris on New Yorker style
“What if all these commas and hyphens and subtleties of usage prove to be the products of a benign delusion?”
commas  punctuation 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
Declaration punctuation
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”: followed by a comma, or a period?
punctuation 
july 2014 by M.Leddy
DFW, “Your Liberal-Arts $ at Work”
“Pedantry is always tiresome, but it’s especially tiresome when the pedant doesn’t know what he is talking about.”
DavidFosterWallace  grammar  punctuation  usage  words 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
Oxford Vampire comma revisited
“I’d seen there was this Facebook group at Columbia called Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma, and that was the first time I’d heard of an Oxford comma.”
commas  punctuation 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
Its/it’s Lynne Truss
I thought at first that this article was a spoof, a count-the-errors exercise. But no.
grammar  punctuation  usage 
march 2014 by M.Leddy
Some rock’s
“Householders, if you must proclaim your glory to the passerby, think of the way bands manage their names: The Beatles. Or better: The Smiths. Plural, not possessive.”
apostrophe  punctuation  words 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Bad hyphens, unhelpful abbreviations
Daughter Number Three looks at bad hyphens and unhelpful postal abbreviations.
punctuation  spelling  words 
october 2013 by M.Leddy
Dark Punctuation
“Exactly as predicted, this not only split the colon into two semi-colons, but caused the words to collapse into one another.”
punctuation 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
The Apostrophe Vigilante
“The Apostrophe Vigilante had better watch out for the Subject-Verb Agreement Vigilante.”
apostrophe  punctuation 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Jack Byrd’s idea
“This American Life has updated its 2011 story on patent trolls, ‘When Patents Attack!’ The humble apostrophe plays a part in events recounted in the update, proving to be the crucial bit of evidence in a court case over patent rights.”
apostrophe  copyright  punctuation 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Chicago possessives
”Sections 7.17 and 7.18 of The Chicago Manual of Style will make my typing life a little simpler.”
apostrophe  punctuation 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
David Foster Wallace sometimes didn’t know what he was talking about
Pedantry is always tiresome, but it’s especially tiresome when the pedant doesn’t know what he is talking about. A class handout with many mistakes.
DavidFosterWallace  punctuation 
march 2013 by M.Leddy
Punctuation fail
“A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer gets it wrong: an apostrophe, not a left quotation mark, should precede 90s.”
apostrophe  punctuation 
january 2013 by M.Leddy
Period Exclamation point
The Obama campaign slogan now has an exclamation point: Forward! I still prefer the understated seriousness of the period.
grammar  politics  punctuation 
october 2012 by M.Leddy
Kyle Wiens, stickler?
Every example of what Wiens calls “poor grammar” is a matter of punctuation or usage, not grammar.
grammar  punctuation  usage 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
E-mail in the air
On not checking it and not using exclamation points in it.
e-mail  punctuation 
may 2012 by M.Leddy

The interrobang turns fifty.
punctuation 
march 2012 by M.Leddy
Bands and punctuation
Some of what’s here is diacritics, not punctuation. But it would be pendantic to point that out.
names  punctuation 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
Waterstones’s missing apostrophe
David Marsh, who created International Apostrophe Day, isn’t troubled by the disappearance of the apostrophe from the name of the British book chain Waterstones
apostrophe  punctuation 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
Well-punctuated wine
Dig the careful punctuation on the Smoking Loon label.
punctuation  wine 
october 2011 by M.Leddy
Garner, Menand, and Truss
two devastating appraisals of Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.
punctuation 
july 2011 by M.Leddy
Punctuation in the news
The Oxford comma and the exclamation point in the news
commas  punctuation 
july 2011 by M.Leddy
.[ ]
One space after a period, always.
punctuation  typography 
january 2011 by M.Leddy
The dash
Marie Murray considers the dash
punctuation 
june 2010 by M.Leddy
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