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What is it with the comma splice?

Say No to comma splices poster

Am I just becoming more pedantic as I get older? Or is there a general decline in grammar today? Either way, I’ve recently noticed a rise in basic grammatical mistakes, including the increasingly rampant comma splice. And it’s starting to bug me,

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A (not so) brief lesson in Latin abbreviations

Latin abbreviations

As writers we’re often encouraged to keep things short and to the point. After all, “Brevity is the soul of wit”.[1] Many of the abbreviations we rely on in everyday English have Latin origins. In fact, the word abbreviation derives

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Scared of semicolons? Everything you need to know but were too afraid to ask!

Let me start by saying that I’m rather fond of semicolons. But I’m not so enamoured when they’re used incorrectly or ineffectively… Out of all the punctuation marks in English, the one that seems to catch most people out is the

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