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Must read for any writer

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Cute and informative, but as a working writer, my job is much harder than any copy editor's. And I know how to use the serial comma. :p
  3. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Coming back to read it in full tomorrow.
  4. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    I'm a big fan of the serial comma. :)

    By the way, I've mentioned this elsewhere before, but here in the bidness world we have been educated not to use a comma in a date that contains only the month and the year, e.g., "February 2015."

    This is the way we put it in presentations, proposals, deliverables, etc.

    Being a subscriber to The New Yorker, I have noticed that they are the only publication that I read regularly that inserts a comma between the month and year in a month-year date, e.g., "February, 2015," I read most of the article and skimmed the rest, but I don't think the author covered this peccadillo.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015
  5. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Serial commas, semi-colons, and colons are the things that bedevil most people. Occasionally the em-dash as well, though that's almost always a stylistic choice as opposed to a literary one.

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