The Word “Whelm”

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I get a word every day from Merriam-Webster — it is free. You might want to sign up for it. I just found this word intriguing — “whelm.” I am sure I have never used the word without a prefix. Here are the three definitions given: to turn (something, such as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover …

Birthday Sale

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  My birthday is next week. They are all big these days! To celebrate, we are having a book sale. Order from the bookstore on www.margieholdscourt.com. CR: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation 10 percent off. Discount code: HBDMARGIECR Buy this text in combination with the Workbook or Word Pears, Pares, Pairs 15 percent off. Discount code: HBDMARGIECOMBO Hurry. The sale ends at midnight …

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I know we have done this before but… Distinguishing “awhile/a while” need not continue to be an issue. As one word, “awhile” is an adverb; as two words, “a while” is a noun. Each means “for an indefinite period of time.” There are some contexts that demand that it be two words, that is, that call for a noun. …in …

20-Hour Punctuation Class Begins Sunday

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Good morning. Just a reminder that I am beginning a 20-hour punctuation class this coming Sunday. The ten two-hour class sessions will meet on Saturdays and/or Sundays and continue into June. This is your chance to pull all of those rules together and better understand how everything goes together. There will be a question-and-answer time in each session to discuss those …

What to Do When Punctuation Is Said

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When someone says the word for the punctuation mark, the decision about whether to put the word into the transcript or just the punctuation mark itself is really an editorial decision on the part of the reporter. A person says: “It is the, cap, First, cap, Amendment discussion that is important.” A person is reading from a document and says: “On …

Parentheses

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Since parentheses indicate that the material inside the parens is less important than the information around it, we do not use parens to punctuation what is being said in a transcript. When there is a “blurb” inside parentheses, there are standard English rules that cover what needs to be done. If what is inside the parens is a complete grammatical …

Change of Date for Grammar Class

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Because of a personal issue that has come up, I am pushing back the start date for the grammar class. We will begin on February 12 and go through April 8. Here are the new dates: February 12, 18, 25 March 4, 5, 12, 19 April 1, 2, 10 Go to margieholdsclass.com for details and registration. Hope to see you in …