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STATES WHICH REQUIRE THE OXFORD COMMA IN STATUTES.

STATES WHICH REQUIRE THE OXFORD COMMA IN STATUTES. Grammarians argue about the Oxford comma with only clarity and style at stake. For judges and legislative draftsmen, the “serial comma”, as the Oxford comma is referred to in the opinion I … Continue reading

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A COURT CASE TURNING ON THE USE—OR NONUSE—OF THE OXFORD COMMA.

A COURT CASE TURNING ON THE USE—OR NONUSE—OF THE OXFORD COMMA. I posted here about RAB’s discussion of the Oxford comma on her You Know What I Meant blog. She gives a striking example of the ambiguity which can result … Continue reading

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ACTORS INTONING.

ACTORS INTONING.. I posted here about how Mary Jane and I each liked Mel Gibson’s performance as Hamlet because he avoided the “intoning” of Shakespeare’s lines that we each associate with John Gielgud—a style which always seemed to be focused … Continue reading

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HOW I LEARNED THE EXCLAMATION POINT IN HIGH SCHOOL.

HOW I LEARNED THE EXCLAMATION POINT IN HIGH SCHOOL. An exclamation point can be like a stage direction. In second year high school English—where I learned all the punctuation and grammar rules I ever needed in six brilliantly taught weeks—one … Continue reading

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WHY THE HATRED FOR THE EXCLAMATION POINT?

WHY THE HATRED FOR THE EXCLAMATION POINT? Why would Elmore Leonard call for limiting the use of exclamation points? This article in the Atlantic by Megan Garber provides a list of some of the names that the exclamation point has … Continue reading

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THE PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING UNDERLYING TOM WOLFE’S USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING UNDERLYING TOM WOLFE’S USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS. Here is Tom Wolfe’s explanation from the brainyquote website for why he uses exclamation points. “People complain about my exclamation points, but I honestly think that’s the way people think. … Continue reading

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TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT.

TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT. I would have thought that Tom Wolfe would win a competition for the heaviest user of exclamation points because he loves descriptions from the point of view of an excited onlooker. In looking for … Continue reading

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WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY.

WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY. Here are the results for the ten writers. The number opposite their names is the number of exclamation points they use per 100,000 words. Elmore Leonard…….49 Ernest Hemingway…..59 Toni Morrison…….111 Salman Rushdie……204 Virginia … Continue reading

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GUESS WHICH OF THESE WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS THE MOST?

GUESS WHICH OF THESE WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS THE MOST? The Atlantic (March 2017) quotes Elmore Leonard on the subject of exclamation points: “You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.” They then test … Continue reading

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A VALENTINE POEM BY JAMES TATE.

A VALENTINE POEM BY JAMES TATE. (for our 45th Valentine’s Day) THE SPLENDID RAINBOW by James Tate The lightning woke us at about three A.M. It sounded like a war was going on out there, the drum rolls, the cannons … Continue reading

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