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Ancient typography

Use a single space after a period. Why? More here.


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March 12, 2018 at 8:54 pm

Jason Fried on Writing Skills

Comparative advantage announces itself always, as here. In short, dear colleagues, apply yourselves in this class.

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September 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

A costly comma

I often make this note in your work:

Use commas to separate more than two members of a series: “Truth and justice” but “truth, justice, and fairness for all.” In most grammar references, this is called the serial comma.

There’s a reason for that, and the Supreme Court backs me up. Victory!

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March 17, 2017 at 2:25 am


I could be even stricter.


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February 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Phlawed phishing

Clearly the writer is not an alumnus of Econ 479. A tip: When in receipt of such message, count the errors. One is forgiveable, two not—and almost always a sure sign of a scam.

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August 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

The devil in the details…

I’m obsessed with attention to detail. I don’t know that you can teach that—either that triggers you to stay for the next two hours to fix something, or you’re the kind of person who will just let it slide.

Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media, interviewed in the New York Times

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June 13, 2016 at 3:03 am

That versus which

Which is which? Which is that? That which is the correct form is discussed here

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June 7, 2016 at 2:19 am