Monthly Archives: March 2008

Popular Foreign Language Terms

I came across this sentence while reading last night: La Día de los Muertos is the day when families hold reunions at the cemetery. If you know Spanish at all, you probably know that there’s an error in this reference … Continue reading

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Appositive

The Chicago Manual of Style defines an appositive as follows: [An appositive is] a noun that immediately follows another noun or noun phrase in order to define or further identify it {George Washington, our first president, was born in Virginia}. … Continue reading

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Winner of Puncuation Contest

The winner of the punctuation contest is Rachel Boehm. Congratulations, Rachel! Here’s the original sentence: The days were too short, and, strangely, tomorrow, with its news reports, new bits of information, new insights, tomorrow seemed unreachable until all at once … Continue reading

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Hint for Punctuation Contest

I haven’t received any responses to the current punctuation contest yet, so here is a hint: Use two dashes to set off a parenthetical remark, as shown in the sentence below: Farmer Blackie threw back his head and laughed–I had … Continue reading

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Punctuation Contest

Another contest. This time, I invite you to make the following sentence more clear by adding some punctuation and deleting one word. The days were too short, and, strangely, tomorrow with its news reports, new bits of information, new insights, … Continue reading

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Winner Grammar Contest #2

Danielo, a self-described pathological contrarian, cycling snob, aspiring entertainer, anarchist, classical cynic, and jackass, is the winner of Grammar Contest #2. Congratulations, Danielo! The challenge was to find the problem with the following sentence: A beautiful high-pressure day of frosty … Continue reading

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Emphasis Extremis

This morning, a crow strutted to the sliding glass door at the back of my place, looked in, cawed several times, then flew away. He/she has done this every morning for the past couple months. Since I have caught crows … Continue reading

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