Don’t Rely on Spellcheck!

As a ruthless editor, I’ve long known that you can’t count on spellcheck to ensure your document has error-free spelling, perfect punctuation, accurate subject-verb agreement and flawless finer points of grammar. That being said, I still use it regularly to catch typos or obvious spelling errors. (Errors by me, a writer and editor by trade? Yes, […]

Is Alright the Same As All Right?

A blog follower sent me an email questioning all right versus alright and when each should be used. The query arose at her weekly writers group gathering. No one felt confident about the answer, so they reverted to what apparently is a common refrain when they hit a grammar roadblock: “Ask Kathy!” Let’s begin by […]

How NOT to Get a Job Interview: Poor Grammar in your Résumé

If you are looking for or will be looking for a job at some point in your life — that includes almost everyone reading this, right? — please consider what a business owner in the Detroit area found when he posted two open positions. The first was for a part-time customer service position, and the […]

From Memorialize to Curate, Curator, Curation: What Do They Mean?

Have you noticed how often you’ve heard memorialize lately? It has emerged primarily in the context of former FBI Director James Comey’s having made a written record of — in other words, memorializing — his conversations with President Donald Trump. Many words in the English language have more than one meaning — or shades of meaning — […]

Mid-size, Midsize or Midsized: How to Decide?

When you’re describing a company that is neither large nor small, what’s the proper way to express it? a mid-size company a midsize company a mid-sized company a midsized company According to my primary and preferred reference, The Associated Press Stylebook, midsized company is preferred. Part of the reason might be the tendency to avoid […]

3 Quiz Questions for National Punctuation Day

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, is National Punctuation Day. How will you celebrate? I’ve thought about spending the day as founder Jeff Rubin suggested: Sleep late. Go out for coffee and a bagel. Read a newspaper and use a red pen to circle all the punctuation errors. Visit a grocery store and make a list of […]