We’ve all heard the rule about not splitting infinitives, but does it actually have any validity? The producers of Star Trek clearly didn’t think so.Continue Reading
The Oxford comma, otherwise known as a serial comma, is an optional comma placed before the final “and” in a list. Its use is more stylistic than strictly necessary, but it can be helpful to clarify meanings.Continue Reading
A proofreader read a manuscript of mine recently and inserted dozens of hyphens. She was clearly a bigger fan of them than me, although I did agree with her that great-grandmother should, after all, be hyphenated to make it clear you mean the mother of someone’s grandmother and not just a grandmother who’s a good egg. But I didn’t go along with all her hyphenating suggestions, feeling that some of them were simply unnecessary.
Then, in my super-hyphen-aware state I read The Maltese Falcon (originally published in 1930) and couldn’t help noticing hyphens popping up all over the place like they were going out of fashion. For example:Continue Reading