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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Awesome Grades
3. Weekly Topic: Punctuation
4. Link to Punctuation
5. Note from a Subscriber
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. August 17, 2005
Did you notice the lower-case “google” used as verb in my last post?
The American Dialect Society chose “google” the verb as the “most useful word of 2002.” Then, a few months ago, the Oxford American Dictionary blessed “google” by including it as a verb in their latest edition.
I’d heard “google” here and there, but wondered whether it should be capitalized …
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
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Punctuation Printable (** for premium members only)
Jeff Rubin (owner of Put It In Writing Newsletter Publishers) declared August 22 National Punctuation Day ( http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/ ) and managed to get it included in “Chases’ Calendar of Events,” making it practically official. In celebration of good punctuation and the back-to-school season, I’ve collected the following sites.
The Blue Book: Punctuation Rules
“Use an em dash sparingly in formal writing. Don’t use it just because you are uncertain about correct punctuation. In informal writing, em dashes may replace commas, semicolons, colons, and parentheses to indicate added emphasis, an interruption, or an abrupt change of thought.” Jane Straus’ Blue Book is organized into rules with examples (navigate these with the drop-down menus), exercises and tests. The quizzes are not interactive (try printing them instead) and include answer keys on the same page.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Punctuation Game
This interactive punctuation game from British author Lynne Truss is based on her best-selling “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” grammar book. The title of her book is based on the following grammar joke. Panda walks into a restaurant and eats lunch. When the check arrives, he takes a gun from his pocket, shoots into the air and runs out of the restaurant. The waiter chases after him, shouting about the bill. In response, the panda tosses him a badly punctuated wildlife manual and says “I’m a panda. Look it up.” The waiter opens up the book and reads, “Pandas: eats, shoots and leaves.”
Fact Monster: Punctuation
>From “apostrophe” to “virgule,” Fact Monster explains fourteen punctuation marks. Although brief, each rule includes a sample sentence, and many include links to other Fact Monster resources. For more grammar help, click on Word Wise in the left-hand menu. What’s a virgule? You might know it as a slash or a slant: “/”.
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#4. Link to Punctuation
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#5. Note from a Subscriber
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