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Critique versus Criticize

Claire Kehrwald Cook, in her Line by Line, noted that critique as a verb “has not yet won full acceptance.” That was more than thirty years ago . . .

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Liberate Those Verbs!

Some phrases in English lengthen a sentence while adding nothing to its meaning and diluting its rhetorical force . . .

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The Capitalization of Web

“The World Wide Web” is the name of a unique entity and is thus written with initial capital letters. “The Web” is the short form of the name. . . .

Dictionary 101

Most writers rely on spelling checkers. But spelling checkers don’t always tell you when you’ve used the right word in the right form. . . .

Many or Multiple?

Multiple is often not a good synonym for many, meaning “a large number,” because multiple has a narrower sense . . .

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“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. . . .

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