Grammar, Hyphens, Poor Editing, Punctuation

A Hyphen Holocaust

I was on my way to Pittsburgh, midair, when this ad resulted in my producing a slight "awk." I have three problems with this AirTran ad -- two of which deal with hyphens. First of all, I don't like that a period sits at the end of "An under the table offer from AirTran." The… Continue reading A Hyphen Holocaust

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Commas, Facebook Transgressions, Grammar, Punctuation

Commas Matter

I found this on the Facebook page of one of my favorite places to shop -- Tradesmart. It's like Hastings on steroids and has every possible type of entertainment imaginable. I love your merchandise, Tradesmart, but I need you to step up the punctuation. This isn't technically a mistake, but it can lead to misreading.… Continue reading Commas Matter

Apostrophes, Grammar, Punctuation

I Judged This Book by Its Cover . . .

. . . and I shouldn't have! Okay, well, as an editor, I had every right to judge this book by its cover -- initially. When I first discovered the book in Tattered Cover, I stared at it, trying to make some sense of it. I grappled with possibilities, trying to imagine that this couldn't… Continue reading I Judged This Book by Its Cover . . .

Apostrophes, Grammar, Punctuation

Apostrophe Catastrophe

This picture frame was perching in a Hallmark store, waiting for a naive victim to purchase it as a token of friendship. Little would that girlfriend know she would be paying $15.99 to perpetuate a terrible crime: accepting and supporting an incorrectly placed apostrophe. The problem: The picture frame says "Girl's Night." Now, unless I'm… Continue reading Apostrophe Catastrophe