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9 reasons list blog posts (listicles) are complete crap

Caution: this post contains adjectives that are non traditional in a business writing context. To rephrase that, there is some mild moderate swearing. Oh, and I think I’ve used my entire week’s quota of ellipses. You see these things all the time. You know, social media clickbait: 17 Words You Should Never Use, 7 Mistakes [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:34+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Personal, Web writing|1 Comment

House style, apostrophes, and why you can’t win

It’s a very tricky thing trying to position yourself as a 'writing expert'. You open yourself up to internet excoriation. Invariably, there will be errors that slip into some things (most things?) that you write, and other writing geeks will be keen to take aim at any error, perceived or actual. Grammar Girl, in her [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:55+00:00 March 14th, 2015|Grammar|5 Comments

Apostrophes, and how not to use them

Apostrophes: The punctuation mark most likely to freak out the grammatically obsessive compulsive. Some of us have learned to block out excessive exclamation marks, deal with over-earnest ellipses… come to terms with Tenuous Title Case, and cope with careless comma splices, but when someone uses an apostrophe to indicate a plural, we may twitch a [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:56+00:00 March 1st, 2015|Did you know, Grammar, Punctuation|0 Comments