A.M. and P.M.

When the question is “Was that A.M. or P.M.?” the problem with the way the answer looks is solved if you cap both letters. The dictionary gives you an option for caps or lowercase. Choosing caps all the time resolves any issues. Q   Was that A.M. or P.M.? A    A.M. Happy punctuating! Margie

Northern CA Seminar

I will be in Northern CA on Saturday, September 7, for a punctuation seminar and on Friday, September 6, for a CSR review class — Golden State College in Pleasanton. Check out details on my website. Happy punctuating!! Margie


September is a busy month for seminars. I will be in Northern CA for a “live” seminar on September 7 and a student seminar on the 6th and am doing four online seminars the next two weeks. Then off to Indiana and Michigan for their conventions the end of the month. Hope to see you somewhere! (Check my website for …

Quotes and the Words That Get Us Into Them

The term “lead-in words” is used to describe the words that introduce quotes. Traditionally they are …I said… …did he ask… …she replied… …did you state… Some of the “modern” innovations are “I go” and “he went” and “I’m all.” When there are two sentences separated by lead-in words, a period has to go on one side or the other …

I Am Back!

Well, after the convention and some other issues, I am back. Someone recently asked why a sentence inside of a sentence has to have dashes and not just commas. The answer is that, just as two sentences that have no conjunction between them cannot be connected by a comma, a sentence dropped into another sentence cannot just be surrounded by …

Nashville, Here We Come!

Getting packed for an early-morning flight to Nashville and looking forward to lots of hugs from many friends. It will be great to see the CCR gang too. Come by the booth to see us. And how much more fun could we have than the all-day English workshop on Friday. Happy punctuating! Margie

Capping at the Beginning of a Sentence

When “iPhone” and similar words begin a sentence, leave the i as a lowercase letter; in other words, don’t change the spelling of the proper name. …A     iPhones were very expensive.. Happy punctuating! Margie

Capping Titles in Front of the Name

A rule of thumb, perhaps: When trying to discern whether something is a “title” in front of a name, think of whether it sounds “normal and usual” to walk into a room and say, “Good morning, —–.” We would walk in and say, “Good morning, Doctor (Officer, Sergeant, Judge, Counsel).” These are titles. We would probably not walk in and …