One or 1? Numbers vs. Numerals

There are so many rules–and so many different style guides with their own unique sets of rules–that I’m only going to address one today: AP. This post gives you the lowdown on the AP’s guidelines for writing out numbers versus using numerals.

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Afflicted With Diaeresis?

If you’re an avid New Yorker reader like I am, you’re probably familiar with this little accent mark–often mistaken for the German umlaut–that’s placed over words with two consecutive vowels:

Coöperation, coördinate, reëngineer, and preëminent to name a few.

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Punctuation Changes Meaning

Maybe you’re slapping your forehead right now, saying “duh!” or even “der!”

You’re likely thinking,

This is SO OBVIOUS. At least explain semi-colons to me or something else useful.

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7 Words You Need to Stop Capitalizing

Thank you, Huff Post, for putting a conversation I have almost daily (sometimes with actual people, sometimes in my head) in writing.

Please share any annoying words or phrases that you’ve found capitalized in the comments.

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