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Worshipped and Worshipping Revisited

    Worshipped and Worshipping Revisited

A recent comment on a past post, “Worshiping and Kidnapping” made me doubt my sanity: You note that Merriam-Webster lists worshiped and worshiping as preferred spellings in the US, but

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5 Types of Case and Punctuation Problems with Quotations

    5 Types of Case and Punctuation Problems with Quotations

The following sentences demonstrate issues writers confront when they write sentences that incorporate quotations that are not framed with attribution (phrasing that identifies the source of the quotation, such as

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Adverb Placement

    Adverb Placement

A reader wants to know “if there is a rule for the proper placement of an adverb in sentence structure.” The general rule with adverbs is to place the adverb

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Wringer or Ringer?

    Wringer or Ringer?

The other day I read an essay in the Washington Post in which a woman describes herself as having been “put through the ringer” with a difficult birth. I’m always

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Questions on WAS and WHO

  Questions on WAS and WHO

A reader poses two grammar questions, one on linking verb agreement and one on pronoun case. Question One What is

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Two Verb Puzzles in the News

  Two Verb Puzzles in the News

I suppose I may be exposing my own comprehension failings by writing about two verb uses that puzzled me recently.

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Bedbugs and Bessie Bugs

  Bedbugs and Bessie Bugs

The other day, I heard a celebrity say that someone was “as crazy as a bedbug.” I laughed, amused that

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Creative Writing 101

  Creative Writing 101

What is Creative Writing? Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than

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5 Problems with Parenthesis

  5 Problems with Parenthesis

Parenthesis is the strategy of setting a word, phrase, or clause off from a sentence to interject additional information into

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Deck the Halls with Etymology

  Deck the Halls with Etymology

Traditional Christmas songs are a treasure trove of archaisms and words that have changed their meanings through the centuries. “Deck

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