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Following punctuation rules? Don’t forget to think!

Tweet Ugur Akinci published a useful post earlier this week on The Discipline of Punctuation in Technical Writing. I agree with Ugur’s general point, that technical writing needs to display “discipline, precision, and consistency”, and with many of his specific … Continue reading

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Hurrah for Dr Johnson

Tweet Dr Samuel Johnson, patron saint of this blog, earned an honourable mention in yesterday’s Independent on Sunday. Katy Guest wrote in praise of blogging as a way to quash rumours and gossip. In “What’s the best way to keep … Continue reading

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A custard cream? That’s neet!

Tweet The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (OED) was published this week, and there have been a spate of articles about some of the new words that are in the dictionary for the first time, including custard … Continue reading

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Headline news for punctuation

Tweet Punctuation has been making headlines in New York, it appears. Yesterday’s Guardian carried a leader article “In praise of … the semicolon“, citing the semicolon’s reappearance in New York subway signs, and the subsequent praise from the New York … Continue reading

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