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Dictionaries and Glossaries

By Judy Vorfeld 10,000 year Calendar A Glossary of Yiddish Expressions Acronym Finder Acronyms Used in the Computer Community Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Initialisms: The Opaui Guide Lists Alpha Dictionary: 1065 English Dictionaries The American Heritage Book of English Usage Animated American Sign Language Dictionary American Sign Language Resource Guide […]

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Attributive Nouns

By Judy Vorfeld Do you feel okay punc­tu­at­ing pos­ses­sives until you have to decide on “men’s room,” “mens’ room,” or “mens room?” I have peo­ple reg­u­larly ask­ing for the answer. Let’s inves­ti­gate. In this case, we’re talk­ing about attribu­tive nouns, not com­pounded nouns. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary says an […]

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Abbreviating Months and Days

By Judy Vorfeld Wonder how to abbre­vi­ate days of the week and months? Let’s take three excel­lent style guides and see what they offer. THE GREGG REFERENCE MANUAL, TENTH EDITION (502) says, “Days of the week, names of the months … should be abbre­vi­ated only on busi­ness forms, […]

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All About Alliteration

By Judy Vorfeld Have you ever wanted to become an expert on allit­er­a­tion? If noth­ing else, it’s a beau­ti­ful word! Seriously, when one uses allit­er­a­tion prop­erly – espe­cially in pub­li­ca­tions – it is sub­tly effec­tive. If you work on Web sites, ezines, or print pub­li­ca­tion, this may be a good time for you […]

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Figures of Speech: Using Quotation Marks

By Judy Vorfeld When should we use quo­ta­tion marks for fairly com­mon expres­sions and fig­ures of speech, includ­ing slang? (A fig­ure of speech is a word or phrase such as a metaphor, sim­ile, hyper­bole , or per­son­i­fi­ca­tion, accord­ing to Wikipedia.) Quotation marks are rarely needed for com­mon expres­sions, says […]

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