Econ 479

The Art of Writing, the Science of Economics

Random rules

The first entry in a long line of random rules to follow:
  • In American English, the comma and period go inside the closing quotation; the semicolon and colon go outside it.
  • Use only a single space after a period. If you customarily use two spaces, unlearn the habit—unless, that is, you’re using a typewriter. (You’re not, are you?)
  • Use “United States” as a noun, “U.S.” as an adjective.
  • Use “health care” as a noun (The cost of health care is a major concern) and “healthcare” as an adjective (Healthcare costs are rising).
  • Spell out the word “percent” outside of tables: 89 percent of all Americans prefer to do so.
  • “Due to the fact that” is barbaric. “Because” does all that work.

Written by gregorymcnamee

January 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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