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How shalt thou correctly use the apostrophe? Ask and ye shall know.

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The Oxford Comma Argument Rages On

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Chris

“Nothing, but nothing—profanity, transgender pronouns, apostrophe abuse—excites the passion of grammar geeks more than the serial, or Oxford, comma,” according to The New Yorker. Much like asking creative types if they put one space or two after a period, demanding they pick a side in the serial-comma debate can spark fistfights, especially now that we’ve […]

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The Grammar Queen’s Guide to Capitalization

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Lisa S.

  Your Highness:  I must confess a shortcoming. Sometimes I’m not sure when to capitalize words. OK, some words. The important ones, like my Boss’s Job Title (boss’s job title?). And the smaller ones in headlines. The more examples that come to mind, the more confused I get. Please help.   My dear Subject, Never […]

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The Grammar Queen’s Guide to the Apostrophe and Its Uses

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Lisa S.

Apostrophe angst? Ask the Grammar Queen for help. In this post, she offers four simple steps to help you remember how to place your apostrophes properly.

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Check Your Jargon—Please

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by Lisa S.

Your Highness: I’m clued in enough to laugh at those parodies of over-the-top business jargon that periodically make the rounds… but I’m also quite aware of the need to keep my job fit in by embracing the specialized language of my professional peers. What’s an English major turned midlevel marketing manager to do? My dear […]

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Sorry, No, That’s Not What You Mean At All

Friday, October 26th, 2012 by Lisa S.

Your Highness: I’m not much of a writer but, like so many of your loyal subjects, I have a job that often requires me to write. I want to be professional—and avoid embarrassing mistakes. I need an on-call editor. Or at least a cheat sheet. Please help! My dear Subject, Ah, English! Constantly changing, constantly […]

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Quotation Dos and Don’ts

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Lisa S.

Your Highness: I hold a job that requires I write articles, press releases, and similar pieces in which I quote others. You’d think I’d have such matters down by now, but I’ll come clean: I never really learned the rules for using quotation marks. To complicate matters further, I’m a bit of an Anglophile—only the […]

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Never Fear the Semicolon

Friday, June 17th, 2011 by Lisa S.

Your Highness: I have a confession to make: I live in fear of the semicolon. As phobias go, I know it could be worse. I could have an aversion to, say, spiders, or maybe conference calls or my BlackBerry. Which would really be unfortunate, since I work in marketing. Anyway. I’m tired of worrying about […]

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Feeding the World With Good Grammar

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 by Stacy

An ingenious teacher uses a UN-sponsored online game to teach grammar–and philanthropy.

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What Does My Hyphenation Say About Me?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by Lisa S.

In which The Grammar Queen elucidates her subjects on the proper use of the hyphen. She clears up the subject. Clears-up? The cleared-up subject still a bit foggy? Read on.

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What’s My Email Saying Behind My Back?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by Lisa S.

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Many of my business contacts and coworkers know me primarily through e-mail; the impression I make is almost entirely via the written word. What can I do to avoid embarrassing myself in writing? The Grammar Queen points the way.

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