What’s the Deal With Pronouns?

What’s the Deal With Pronouns?

The comedic trope, “What’s the deal with . . .?” (often credited to Jerry Seinfeld but, actually, rarely used by him in legitimate comedy*) points out the irony in the obvious to which we often pay little attention. For example, in Seinfeld (season 9, episode 1),...
Conventions Pop Quiz

Conventions Pop Quiz

I just returned from conducting a workshop in Chicago on Producing Professional Email Messages. The feedback I heard over and over—“thanks for the refresher on grammar and punctuation.” I’ve been delivering professional communication workshops for over twenty years,...
Confession of an Ellipsis Junkie

Confession of an Ellipsis Junkie

My name is Lynna . . . I have a dot-dot-dot problem . . . my ellipsis habit . . . got out of control. This affliction started with my using just three dots once in a while, then six dots in every email, and then total ellipsis overkill. (And yes, I’ve read that this...
Comma Cleanse

Comma Cleanse

Six Easy Ways to Use Commas with Confidence and Correctness Ah, the comma. Is it really such a big deal? I mean, it’s such a small thing. The answer is a resounding “YES!” Punctuation matters—it can be just as important as the words you use. Cleanse the abuse and...

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