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.

Correcting People Is Bad Manners

You know what annoys me? People who correct other people’s grammar. Especially since half the time – and I say this as a former professional proofreader who’s had to deal with such issues for a long time – especially since … Continue reading

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Good vs. Well

Below are sources indicating that it is grammatically correct to say “I’m good.” “Well” describes one’s health. “Good” describes one’s emotional state. “I’m Good” Versus “I’m Well” Good vs. Well http://grammarist.com/usage/good-or-well/ An exception, of course, is when someone asks you how … Continue reading

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Capitalization for Emphasis Is a Bad Idea

We’ve seen random capitalization on the streets. It’s usually a crude attempt to capitalize for emphasis. Not a good idea. Stick with title case or sentence case.

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Hear hear vs. here here

It’s hear hear! and not here here! https://www.grammarly.com/blog/here-here-vs-hear-hear/ https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hear%21%20Hear%21      

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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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