Behind the Style

“Why Should We Sweat This Small Stuff?”

The notes posted here don’t concern small points. They concern one large point: seeing the English language as a single fabric whose threads are inseparable from one another. . . .

The Waste of Haste: Premature Introductions

A common type of jumble in prose results when an author begins forming an expression but introduces another expression before completing the presentation of the first. . . .

The Italicization of Names like Facebook

In our editorial policy, we treat the Web as a publication medium like others. We don’t give it special treatment unless something inherent in the medium calls for doing so. . . .

The Placement of a Comma or Period after a Quotation

When a comma or period is needed after a quotation, publishers in the United States typically put the punctuation mark before the closing quotation mark. The reason for this convention is to improve the appearance of the text. . . .

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