Author Archives: Christopher Merrill

About Christopher Merrill

With over 30 years of experience proofreading novels, periodicals, legal documents, advertisements, Web sites, contracts and spreadsheets, Christopher Merrill provides quality proofreading and copy editing services for the Chicago area and nationwide.

The Correct Punctuation of Donald Trump, Jr.,’s Name

The Correct Punctuation of Donald Trump, Jr.,’s Name: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-correct-punctuation-of-donald-trump-jrs-name?mbid=social_facebook  

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Irregardless

Please check out a video from Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. This means that she is a writer and editor of dictionaries. And check out her book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries  

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Yes and No

People are often confused about how to punctuate occurrences of yes and no. The answer, according to The Chicago Manual of Style is simple: yes and no So it is: She said yes. and NOT: She said, “Yes.” Notice there … Continue reading

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Thank You vs. Thank-You

It can be confusing to know when and when not to use a hyphen with thank you. Thank-you is the noun form: — I sent my brother a thank-you. — Be sure to follow up with a thank-you. Thank-you is … Continue reading

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Movies, Television and Radio Titles

8.196  What to Italicize.  Titles of movies and of television and radio programs are italicized.  A single episode in a television series is set in roman and enclosed  in quotation marks. the classic movie Gone with the Wind The Godfather … Continue reading

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Punctuating Unpublished Works

8.195  Written Works.  Titles of unpublished works–theses, dissertations, manuscripts in collections, printouts of speeches, and so on–are set in roman type, capitalized as titles, and enclosed in quotation marks.  Names of manuscript collections take no quotation marks.  The title of … Continue reading

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Poems and Plays

8.191  Titles of Poems.  Quoted titles of most poems are set in roman type and enclosed by parentheses.  A very long poetic work, especially one constituting a book, is italicised and not enclosed in quotation marks. Robert Frost’s poem “The … Continue reading

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Articles in Periodicals and Parts of a Book

8.187  Articles.  Quoted titles of articles and features in periodicals and newspapers, chapters and part titles, titles of short stories or essays, and individual selections in books are set in roman type and enclosed in quotation marks.  (If there are … Continue reading

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Titles of Works (Part 5)

Books and Periodicals 8.178  Freestanding publications.  Titles and subtitles of books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, and sections of newspapers that are published separately in either print or electronic form are italicized when mentioned in text, notes, or biography.  In text and … Continue reading

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Titles of Works (Part 4)

8.171   Quotations as Titles.  When a quoted sentence, or at least a full clause, is used as a title, sentence-style capitalization is often appropriate.  A following subtitle–or, if the quotation is the subtitle, a preceding title–may be in headline style. … Continue reading

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