Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for July 25: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. Ugh, this one makes the sender look uneducated, but it’s probably the result of typing too rapidly and not proofreading. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

Use a comma between consecutive adjectives?

Use a comma between consecutive adjectives?

When two consecutive adjectives modify the same noun, you’re supposed to put a comma between them. I sometimes struggle to decide if that’s appropriate. After all, there are cases when the first adjective modifies the second, as in “pale blue paper.” So I was delighted to find this advice from Jan Venolia in Write Right!: […]

Top posts from 2022’s second quarter

Check out my top posts from the second quarter! They’re a mix of practical tips on grammar (#1 & #2), marketing (#3), investment commentary (#4), and blogging (#5). My posts that attracted the most views during 2022’s second quarter: My five favorite reference books for writers—These books would be great additions to your library. “In […]

When to capitalize prepositions in titles

When to capitalize prepositions in titles

When you’re writing a heading, headline, or title using title case, when do you use initial capitals for prepositions? Simple rule for when to capitalize prepositions Some sources simply lower-case any shorter preposition. I like the approach taken by Jan Venolia in Write Right! She says, “Capitalize prepositions if they consist of four or more […]

Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for June 27: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. This item has multiple mistakes, but there’s one big one that caught my eye. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.