The Dot Dot Dot

n. el-lip-sis, plural ellipses
1. the omission of one or more words
2. a mark indicating such an omission (. . .)

Colloquially known as the dot-dot-dot , the ellipsis can be a useful or highly annoying device. It all depends on how it is used and how frequently it appears. Continue reading

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On the Use of Italics, Quotation Marks and Boldface

The need to express emphasis, emotion, private thoughts, titles and proper nouns in written works often results in the rules of English grammar being blurred or broken. If your uncertainty has left you with a combination of italics, boldface, and creative punctuation, use these rules of thumb to bring your writing back to shipshape. Continue reading