Characters and Symbols Not on Keyboards

Characters and Symbols Not on Keyboards

Our word processing software and enhanced keyboards can work magic, especially in regard to inserting characters and symbols that aren’t on our Roman alphabet keyboards. Lawyers and legal secretaries must type a section symbol in legal citations, whereas bankers...
Split Infinitives: Are They Really So Bad?

Split Infinitives: Are They Really So Bad?

Most of us were taught never to split infinitives, but writers have been splitting them anyway—even long before Star Trek provided us with perhaps the most famous split infinitive, “to boldly go.” Those of us taught to regard the split infinitive as anathema...
Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

Titles of Works: Italics or Quotation Marks?

When we refer to the title of a work, how do we know whether to use italics or quotation marks? Italics for Works That Stand Alone With some exceptions, most style books tell us to use italics when we write the title of a work that stands alone as a single entity....
Anymore and Everyday or Any More and Every Day?

Anymore and Everyday or Any More and Every Day?

This site addresses a number of confusing word pairs, including less and fewer, effect and affect, and lie and lay.  Sometimes writers are confused by the difference between the one-word modifiers anymore and everyday and the two-word phrases “any more”...
They, Them, and Their Can Sometimes Be Singular

They, Them, and Their Can Sometimes Be Singular

Editors at Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary caused quite a stir when they tweeted on September 17, 2019, that “the nonbinary pronoun ‘they’ has been added to the dictionary.” Their tweet addresses a frequently asked question: can they (or...