Tag: hyphen

Incorrect punctuation marks dogging you?

6 punctuation marks you might be using incorrectly

Punctuation is the art of clarifying how a group of words falls together into contractions, clauses, and sentences. Unfortunately, it is not at all clear how some punctuation marks should be used! Let’s take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks. Even if you think you’ve got the topic all sewn up, it’s […]

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An array of punctuation marks on a typewriter.

The names of punctuation marks

Chances are that you use them every day – from ‘ to # and ? to . – but where did common punctuation marks get their names? Ampersand The ampersand is the sign &, used to mean ‘and’. The shape of the symbol originated as a ligature for the Latin et (‘and’) – that is, it […]

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Man-eating chicken or Man eating chicken? Use the hyphens correctly!

How to use hyphens

Man-eating chicken to take away, anyone? My local branch of a peri-peri chicken restaurant chain has been displaying this inscription on a blackboard for a while now: Man eating chicken! → It’s an amusing illustration of how hyphens or their omission can completely change the meaning of a piece of writing. If, like me, you […]

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