I am back! Thank you for your patience while I was away taking care of everything in my life. I thought I’d launch 2020 with a post on how to correctly use an underscore since grammar blog posts are the most sought-after articles that I write on KLWightman.com.
Just because we communicate in English doesn’t always mean we use punctuation the same way. Americans use a colon to denote time (4:30) while the British use a period (4.30). Titles such as Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Dr. all receive a period at the end in American English, while British English leaves off the punctuation mark.
And when it comes to single quotes or double quotes, we face the same problem of not being the same. Should you use single quotes or double quotes for dialogue, for quoting inside a quote, for scare quotes?
That depends on which side of the pond you live.
September 24 is National Punctuation Day! Discover what this literary holiday is and how you can celebrate this grammar day in punctuating fashion.
Not all punctuation marks have a long list of nicknames. Stroke, virgule, diagonal, right-leaning stroke, oblique dash, solidus, slant, separatrix, forward slash—all can be used for the slash.
And there’s the backslash. No nickname required. Unless you prefer to say backslant, slosh or reverse slash.
Laundry list of names aside, you’re here because you need answers. What’s the difference between the slash and the backslash? How do you use the slash correctly in a sentence? And is there a way to use the backslash correctly in a sentence?
Yes, I wrote an entire blog post about how to use a question mark and it wasn’t a waste of my time. Because, in truth, we all are afraid to ask our friends and peers how to add a question mark correctly to a specific question when sentence structure and formatting come into play.
Don’t be shy. It’s okay to keep reading.
When it comes to punctuation marks, the interrobang has by far the coolest name. But like its function, the word interrobang came from a merging of two words based on its two roles within a sentence.
Happy holidays! Or is it holiday?
With season’s greetings being shared so often throughout this time of year, it can be hard to remember whether you should write and say holiday or holidays. You want to spread cheer through every card you send and to every person you pass on the street.
Yet a grammar snafu can really dampen your seasonal spirits.
Spread your holiday cheer over the holidays correctly with confidence by following these simple holiday grammar rules.
Is it really okay to intentionally split an infinitive? That all depends on how you feel after reading the previous sentence.
Hyphens, en dashes, em dashes — oh my! Let’s get the three versions of the dash straight once and for all.