As perfect as it gets

As perfect as it gets

I always regret that I cannot be a perfect editor, although I aim for perfection.That’s why I use “PerfectIt,” software from Intelligent Editing that states on its website that it “is the fastest way to find consistency mistakes.” Sure enough, it checks for consistency of hyphenation; capitalization; numbers/words; capitalization in headings; abbreviations and acronyms (definitions/spelling);… Continue Reading

National Grammar Day! March 4

National Grammar Day! March 4

Our National Grammar Day is a very special day, at least in The Text Doctor’s heart. Here are a few links to help you learn more about this national treasure of a day: Wikipedia’s page on National Grammar Day Official National Grammar Day page 24 Haiku in honor of National Grammar Day And remember–I teach… Continue Reading

Sartalics (I couldn’t make this up)

I’ll bet you have you have used sarcasm already today–a bitter, caustic, or ironic statement sometimes meant to hurt. The word comes from the Greek root “to tear [flesh].” In spoken language, it’s usually possible to indicate sarcasm by body language or intonation. For example, here are two statements (the second would be verbalized as… Continue Reading