Capitalizing the Seasons: When It Is Done

Typically, the four seasons are not spelled out using capitals. That is because they are considered common nouns. . . .

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When to Use Square or Round Brackets

While square brackets are used to make a quoted text more readable or a faster read, round brackets or parentheses are generally used to add details. Brackets that are round are also used to show that an item can be either singular or plural, as in the following: We picnicked beneath the tree(s). If information … Continue reading When to Use Square or Round Brackets

Making Your Writing Clearer with Commas

Writers sometimes have difficulties with commas. Therefore, in order to make sure your commas are well-placed, you need to take a note of the common uses for this frequent form of punctuation. When You Should Use a Comma A comma is used in the following instances: After such transitional phrases as Consequently, As a result, … Continue reading Making Your Writing Clearer with Commas

Obsolete and Archaic Expressions: Bygone Words of the 18th Century

“Zounds!” “Zounds!” “I am surprised at the news!” The word, “zounds,” was used back in the 18th century to either convey indignation or surprise. Waits and Uncles The street singers you see depicted in drawings of caroling were called waits at the time while uncles were the names given to pawnbrokers. Trig: A Smart and … Continue reading Obsolete and Archaic Expressions: Bygone Words of the 18th Century