Can the Navy survive without its caps?

Deciding that a shift key isn’t such a bad thing after all, the U.S. Navy has decided it will no longer require official communications solely in capital letters, the Wall Street Journal reported today IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Navy headline...

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An ad with three — that’s right, three! — lessons in one

From the world of online deals comes this marvel: the world’s smallest iPad case. That’s right, folks. This case is so small that it shrinks your iPad to the size of an iPhone. It’s so small that you can Photoshop...

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Death, life and the Oxford comma (or not)

  Let’s talk for a few minutes about overreaction. Earlier in the week, the book industry site GalleyCat reported that the Oxford University public relations department had urged writers to generally avoid the Oxford comma. The Oxford comma, of course, is the...

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Q&A: Why you shouldn’t put acronyms in parentheses

Q. Wayne writes from the business school with a question about abbreviations and acronyms: “I recall that your class taught me to not follow proper nouns that you plan to abbreviate later with an abbreviation in parenthesis. Ex: Master of...

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Who that?

As Grammar Girl points out, using "that" to refer to people is not wrong. The AP Stylebook has a different take, though. AP says to use "that" for inanimate objects and animals without names ("the chair that sat next to...

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