New 20-Hour Punctuation Class — the Last of the Year

My last 20-hour punctuation class of the year will begin on August 13. We will complete this class just before the CEU deadline on September 30. It is divided into ten two-hour sessions, meeting on Saturday mornings/Sunday afternoons. All sessions will be recorded. If you have to miss a class and want the CEUs, you can write a detailed summary of the recording. And the recordings will be available through the end of October.

This is the chance to pull all of those random rules together into one place. We will spend the beginning sessions on clauses and then move to the marks of punctuation. What could be more fun?

For more information and registration, go to

Happy punctuating!



In formal English the use of brackets indicates an insertion into the document by the author of that document. As reporting developed, we had for many years the use of only a typewriter, which did not have brackets as an option. We used parens instead. Now that brackets are an option, it is probably best to switch over to brackets for the insertion of things like [sic].

For the blurbs that signal events within the proceedings, the parens should continue to be used.

(The record was read.)
(A discussion was held off the record.)
…It was right in this area (indicating).

Happy punctuating!


An Extra Wrinkle to the Apostrophe Question

…I went to the Nelson house.
…I went to the Nelsons’ house.

Each of these is correct to say in English. Obviously, the second one has to deal with the possessive whereas the first one does not.

Remember that, when a surname has the word “the” in front of it, it is always plural.

It is the names that end in “s” or “z” that cause us the most problem. If you are unsure of what it should be and whether or not it should be plural, try a name that does not end in “s.”

…He was driving the Millers’ car.
…He was driving the Sanchezes’ car.

Pronunciation comes into play in that many people do not know how to pronounce these plural names. My husband and I together are not the “Wells”; we are the “Wellses.”

Happy punctuating!