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How Do I Punctuate Et Al?

By Judy Vorfeld If you do much read­ing, or are in cer­tain pro­fes­sions, you not only come across the expres­sion et al., but know what it means. Et al. used to be used just in the U.S. in legal doc­u­ments, but for many years it’s been used […]

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Continuous vs. Continual

By Judy Vorfeld CONTINUOUS (unin­ter­rupted) “Continuous” refers some­thing hap­pen­ing with­out inter­rup­tion. Examples: Living near the free­way means lis­ten­ing to con­tin­u­ous road noise from dawn to dusk…I sat watch­ing the con­tin­u­ous flow of water spilling from the top of Multnomah Falls. CONTINUAL (hap­pen­ing again and again) “Continual” suggests […]

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Compass Point Capitalization

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever won­dered when it’s okay to cap­i­tal­ize north, east, south, and west? Most style guides say that com­pass points and the terms derived from them are low­er­cased if they just mean direc­tion or loca­tion. But you cap­i­tal­ize them when they’re spe­cific regions or […]

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Desktop Publishing That Works

By Judy Vorfeld Why do you want to get involved in Desktop Publishing (DTP)? Perhaps you’re already involved, but have a feel­ing that you could do bet­ter and don’t know where to begin. Oh, please start here. I won’t be cruel, but I will offer some ideas of What Not […]

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Bring vs Take

By Judy Vorfeld While there are many mean­ings for both “bring” and “take, many peo­ple are divided over usage like “Please take it with you” vs. “Please bring it with you.” The Gregg Reference Manual, Ninth Edition, says: “Bring” indi­cates motion toward the speaker. “Take” indi­cates motion away […]

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