Copy editors may look for a lot of little things, but the little things add up
There's a distinction between the plural "people" and the singular "people," and it applies to their possessive forms.
A review of "Literacy in the Mountains: Community, Newspapers, and Writing in Appalachia" by Samantha NeCamp
Review of E.J. White’s "You Talkin’ to Me? The Unruly History of New York English"
An essay by Samuel Johnson published in 1750 foreshadows how people will argue online
Maybe you're old enough to learn differences in punctuation.
A review of Ward Farnsworth's "Farnsworth's Classical English Style"
A review of Edwin L. Battistella's "Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump"
On National Grammar Day, language at work
Whether to capitalize "civil rights movement" is not a simple issue
Today marks forty years for me as a working editor.
Proper editing demands a lot more than seeing the difference between 'it's' and 'its'
Pro-Oxford comma vs. anti-Oxford comma and time for a truce
Dennis Baron gives us historical context on how we use personal pronouns in "What's Your Pronoun?"
People who think that "that" cannot be used for human beings are, at best, uninformed
A book by David Shariatmadari corrects misunderstandings of how we speak and write
Online complaints about language usage follow a predictable pattern.
Not everything that people think of as a rule in English is an actual rule
You Don't Say has been chugging along on grammar and usage for fourteen years
Borrowings from the French can get tricky.
The apostrophe is our most treacherous punctuation mark
You get it wrong half the time you use "whom"
Looking at the choice of BA/AD or BCE/CE calendar notation
A look at reactions to the "OK Boomer" meme.
Every time the Associated Press Stylebook announces a change it provokes misguided outrage.
Now that nobody cares about 'hopefully' any longer, language snobs will look for another reason to sneer
Because we're human, we're prone to error; because we're human, we don't like to admit it.
Whether you use "controller" or "comptroller," how you say it may get someone to troll you.
Allan Metcalf explains how the name of Gunpowder Plot figure Guy Fawkes became first a common noun, then a pronoun.
Exploring whether to use "the Rev." or a bare "Rev."