The “two spaces after period” rule was established during the days of typesetters, when additional space was needed to show the difference between the spacing between words and the spacing between sentences. There’s a common saying that using two spaces after a period is the surest sign the writer is older than 50. It is […]
The ampersand symbol we know first appeared in some graffiti on a Pompeian wall. It was around the first century AD, according to the New Yorker. However, it wasn’t called an ampersand at the time. It was just a ligature of the cursive letters “E” and “T” forming the Latin word et, which means “and.” […]
Correct grammar is the basis for a well-written paper or article. “There,” “their,” and “they’re” are regularly misused homophones. A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word but is different in meaning. In this case, speaking any of these three words in conversation is all right. But on paper, you have […]
The world of texting is like the Wild West in some aspects. It’s wide open and almost without rules. The only rule may be there are no rules. After all, lots of texting involves shorthand abbreviations and other shortcuts. So, r u ready for this? Just as you shouldn’t drink and drive, you shouldn’t text […]
Primary ampersand usage varies from language to language. In Germany, the rule is to use the ampersand within formal or corporate titles made up of two separate names. According to present rules, you may not use the ampersand in running text. Generally, in English and French writing, the ampersand may be substituted for the words and […]
It is one of the greatest challenges of a writer to get the grammar and spelling of words and sentences right. That is why editors do so well in the industry helping writers get everything right the first time. One of the most common challenges, however, is writing possessive nouns. It is almost an acquired […]
In today’s increasingly competitive market, it’s essential to have your manuscript as polished as possible before submitting it to an agent. Agents can receive hundreds of submissions a month, and might only take on one or two new clients a year. Therefore, as a writer, it’s in your best interest to have a polished manuscript […]
When writing, especially in a scientific journal, it is prudent to check which version of English should be used. There are not many differences between American and British writing. However, they are reflected not only in the spelling of some common words, but also affect the usage of certain expressions and grammatical rules. As the […]
While every writer would like to believe his or her work is perfect, the best writers know that a little editorial assistance can smooth a rough draft into a polished final manuscript. Most often, it’s small grammatical errors that trip up aspiring writers. To help you avoid those errors, we’ll discuss five of the most common mistakes and why they’re wrong.
Occasionally we see today some newspaper or magazine article which contains a single asterisk within the text, but which contains no corresponding footnote to indicate the meaning of the textual note. What is the meaning of this lonely asterisk smack dab in the middle of a text? No one knows. Except, perhaps, the writer who put it there. Presumably, the writer may have wanted to emphasize a particular point, or give added importance to a statement. However, without a note at the bottom of the page the reader has no clue as to what the asterisk stands for.