Wednesday, January 02, 2008

weekly writing coach: punctuation police

Maybe your inspiration to punctuate correctly comes from seeing others' mistakes. Or perhaps your motivation stems from a desire to avoid the shame of error. Either way, you'll enjoy checking out the work of two bloggers we've found. The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks looks for and publishes quotation marks that don't belong; photos of offending marks come from this blogger and are submitted by readers. It's a great reminder that unnecessary quotation marks, cast doubt on the terms that they encircle -- thus, "convenient parking" means anything but. And this local blogger in Washington, DC sees examples all around her in which it's replaces its, incorrectly, notably an apartment building banner that advertises "renting at it's finest." You might use these blogs as inspiration: When you see apostrophes or quotation marks in signs and copy this week, can you spot the mistakes? (Feel free to submit them to the bloggers and share with the rest of us.) Use this link to The Elements of Style for a quick guide to keep your punctuation punctilious.

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