September 18, 2017
Mens Store, Womens Shoes, Childrens Books?TOPICS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, possessives
It's not uncommon to see the apostrophe omitted from the possessive men's, women's and children's. Is that okay? Not really. Here's what you need to know.
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Some Thoughts on SemicolonsPosted by June on September 18, 2017
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION
I've gone soft on semicolons. For years, my position on these strange little squiggles has been as follows: I hate them.
I have good reason.
Semicolons don't come up much in my editing work. Most writers don't bother with them. Perhaps they understand how useful semicolons are not. Or maybe they're unsure how to use them and figure, "Hey, I've gotten this far without using semicolons. Why learn now?"
But the writers who do use semicolons — well, they're the reason I hate semicolons. Here's an excerpt from an article I edited in which the writer quotes a therapist at a spa. "'Now shower; and your skin will feel like new,' she said."
In that sentence, you could replace the semicolon with a period and start a new sentence. Or you could use a comma. Or you could use nothing. That raises the question: Why did the writer use the semicolon? I explore that question in full here.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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