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Punctuation

Exclamation Marks Are Feminist As F**k

The Huffington Post | Angelina Chapin | Posted 11.03.2016 | Women

At the start of my career, I didn’t dare use exclamation marks in emails. I worked at a business magazine and wanted to convince my colleagues I cou...

The Language Department

Stanley Ely | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Stanley Ely

It's gotten hard to keep up with what's going on in the language department. Not Arabic or Mandarin. I'm talking about our own native English. Some...

The Period Is Dead. Long Live The Period.

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.10.2016 | Arts

The internet and smartphone are slaying the workhorse of our language, says The New York Times. In a June 9 article, "Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatev...

Editor at The New Yorker Reveals How the Internet Has Changed the English Language

Quora | Posted 05.10.2016 | Education
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Bad News, Language Pedants: Poll Shows Most People Are Cool With Improper Grammar

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.10.2016 | Arts

Most people don’t mind it if you use so-called improper grammar in text messages and emails, a new YouGov poll conducted with The Huffington Post sh...

National Grammar Day - How Do You Score on the Digital Dating Scale?

Julie Spira | Posted 03.04.2016 | Style
Julie Spira

National Grammar Day is on Friday, March 4th. When it comes to matters of the heart, how do you stack up in the vast digital playground? Do you know t...

Mesmerizing Graphics Strip Classic Books Down To Their Punctuation

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts

Grammar buffs may love their commas and apostrophes. But, day to day, punctuation marks are the unappreciated workhorses of textual communication. Dat...

Stop Complaining About The Evolution Of Text Language. Period.

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts

The receiving end of the text above is an uncomfortable place to be. Why? Because "thanks" ends in a period. Yes, it may just mean "thanks." Or it mig...

Punctuation: Colons Vs Dashes Vs Parentheses

Dianna Booher | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Punctuation can determine the interpretation of a contract, fix the price of your product, or alter the tone of your email. Never underestimate its im...

21 Glorious Gifts For Grammar Geeks

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts

This holiday season, make a declarative statement by choosing the perfect gift for the person who catches every mistake. YUP. Also on HuffP...

Are You Botching Hyphenation?

Rob Reinalda | Posted 08.26.2016 | Books
Rob Reinalda

Hyphenation can be tricky. There's widespread confusion, it seems, about when and how the tiny line segments should and shouldn't be used. With so many instances in which people guess wrong, covering all the misuses would take acres of the Internet.

This Is The Punctuation Mark You've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.02.2015 | Arts

World, meet the exclamation comma -- the punctuation mark you didn’t know existed, but that you almost certainly need in your life. The exclamat...

How to Stop Being Late for Everything Once and for All

Ann Davis | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Ann Davis

You're late everywhere. Troubling, isn't it? You know punctuality would keep you on good terms with your colleagues, your clients and your boss.Yet you're perpetually tardy, and it's hard -- almost impossible -- to be early.

Maddie Crum

The Most Problematic Punctuation Mark, Explained

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.22.2016 | Books

Image by Tiara Chiaramonte A friend of mine who I occasionally Gchat with messaged me last night about a guy she’s been seeing on and off for ove...

Claire Fallon

The Incredibly Useful Punctuation Mark You Should Use More Often

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books

Does the semicolon really need a defense? The punctuation mark has seemingly won more earnest supporters than snide detractors over the years, even as...

These Punctuation Marks Look Absolutely Nothing Like They Used To

Keith Houston | Posted 12.27.2014 | Books
Keith Houston

The comma is one of the oldest marks of punctuation. It was created over 2,300 years ago by a Greek scholar named Aristophanes, head of the fabled Library of Alexandra, in a punctuational big bang that also gave us the colon and the period.

Here's The One Word Everyone Is Saying/Writing Right Now

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Books

We all love slash can't stop using "slash."

Confused By The Comma? Here's Your Guide

Rob Reinalda | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

The comma is such a little mark, but it can prompt big confusion -- and heated debate -- about its use.

These Things You Do Every Day Have Changed The English Language As We Know It

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books

We're always adding new words to the English language -- selfie, twerk, hashtag, et cetera. This isn't about that. We tap out more messages each da...

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Rule #2: Strunk and White, the venerable authors of The Elements of Style, suggest that it is almost always preferable to choose the word "use" over the more pretentious word, "utilize."

Pesky Grammatical Mistakes That College Admissions Applicants Make (How and Why to Avoid Them)

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

As I look at college application essays these days, I am struck by how many of even the best and the brightest students seem not to know English grammar and punctuation rules.

How to Avoid the Hazards of Online Job-hunting

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

In need of a part time assistant, I recently posted an ad on craigslist and received an alarming number of responses to my "add" on "craiglist," "craglist" or "cragilist." Maybe it's just me, but the misspelling of "ad" and/or "craigslist" did not work in a candidate's favor.

Commas, Periods, and Quotation Marks

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.04.2016 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

If you follow these three rules, you will always be correct when using quotation marks with other forms of punctuation.

No Thank's, Thats Not Write!!!!!!!

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Carine Fabius

Some of the world's greatest authors couldn't spell, and would still be banging their heads against that cabinet full of unpublished manuscripts if not for their life-saving editor.

(The Dangerous World of) Parentheses

Jeff Klima | Posted 09.19.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Parentheses seem ordinary, don't they? Boring, even. So why the hell would I waste a perfectly good column discussing such a mundane topic? Well, I'm glad you asked, because, as it turns out, parentheses are pure evil.