Showing some style

Today’s advice comes from Kurt Vonnegut, but you should also say thanks to International Paper. As part of its 1980 advertising, the big corporation convinced the author of “Slaughterhouse Five” to jot down 1,300 words or so under the heading “How To Write With Style.” I don’t entirely agree with Vonnegut, which I realize is … More Showing some style

Costly commas

Arguments over grammar and punctuation aren’t limited to English faculty parties where the sherry has been flowing too freely. They also have real consequences out in the real world. In Portland, Maine, a missing comma may force the Oakhurst Dairy to pay a bunch of money to its truck drivers. Maine law says companies don’t … More Costly commas