Punctuation

In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Now, how shall I start this review? I loved this book. I really did. (Too abrupt.) I loved this book,…

Thanks to Trump, the exclamation mark is having its best year! Ever!

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘The trade deal USMCA has received fantastic reviews. It will go down as one of the best ever made, and…

Word of the week: dot

31 March 2018 9:00 am

With the sensation produced by hearing one’s name, I jumped when I saw mine on a poster advertising an Amazon…

Are exclamation marks still vulgar? Yes!

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Like eating in the street,’ said my husband. Astonishing! He’d said something not only coherent in itself but also connected…

The New Yorker’s grammar rules (and how to break them)

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘I had had a fantasy for years about owning a dairy farm,’ says Mary Norris, as she considers her career…

How to stop being scared of full stops

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Typical mother-to-mother email, January weekday, 2015: ‘Thanks so much for helping out yesterday, Jamie had a great time with you…