Welcome to the first installment of a regular feature I’m calling
Write Right Monday Night.
I’ve been called a Word Nerd, a Grammar Nazi, and the Punctuation Police. 766 more words
As my particularly relaxing holiday starts to approach its unwelcome end, I’ve been getting through a mountain of reading.
At the moment, I’m midway through Albert Camus’ masterpiece 315 more words
I know of Lynne Truss from her wonderful non-fiction writing guide ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’. The fact that this made me determined to get my hands on her new novel says much more about Truss’s writing than about my innate interest in punctuation. 596 more words
You are at your desk, staring at the blackboard. On it is written,
I only wanted a cup of tea.
Mr. Vince is pacing around in front of the board, wearing his perennial tweed jacket with the leather patches let into the elbows, white chalk in hand, and has posed the question: 794 more words
This semicolon tattoo belongs to writer Sarah, who is a self-professed ‘grammar and punctuation nerd’. As many more people should be.
The early semicolon
The first printed semicolon that we know of was in De Aetna, a folio written by an Italian called Pietro Bembo, and printed by his compatriot Aldo Manuzio (1449-1515 – Aldus Manutius is the Latinised version of his name) in 1495/6. 404 more words