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Filler up!

January 9, 2020
We all use filler words, or vocal disfluencies, in our daily speech. The junk food of the applied linguistics world, they come off as sloppy and faltering. We should try to banish them, especially from our professional speech as much as possible. Right? Well, not necessarily.
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‘Quick, hand me a … skin covering device!’

January 2, 2020
Many purists might cling to the rule that if you’re not using Band-Aid brand bandages, then don’t call them Band-Aids. But there are many everyday items that are better known for their brand names rather than their generic names.
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Words, Words, Words: January ’20

January 2, 2020
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.
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Choose just the right word

December 5, 2019
Learn the difference between five similar pairs of words.
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Whoa, whoa … easy on those commas!

October 31, 2019
Commas are intended to help the reader comprehend a sentence more easily. Unnecessary ones are a distraction. Here are three places not to put a comma, from Barron’s Essentials of English.
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Clean up your sentences with parallelism

October 4, 2019
Parallelism brings consistent grammatical construction to each part of a sentence, making it friendlier to the ear.
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A helpful grammar hand from the AP

August 1, 2019
From @APStylebook, a Twitter feed run by the Associated Press, some very handy hints from recent online chats, collected by PR Newswire.
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Which word should I use?

March 7, 2019
Here are five potential confusers.
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10 common grammar mistakes to avoid

February 19, 2019
Most grammar mistakes can be avoided if you have the discipline to re-read your work before printing, submitting or pressing send, so put these reminders from experienced copywriter Hayley Mullen to use next time you sit down to put your thoughts in writing.
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To capitalize or not to capitalize?

January 3, 2019
You know the basic rules of capitalization, but there are fine points and examples that puzzle even our most skilled readers.
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