Author Archives: Roy Jacobsen

Recommended resource: The Punctuation Guide

I just ran across The Punctuation Guide a day or so ago, and am adding it to my bookmarks. Clear, concise explanations, and a clean, friendly interface. Good stuff!

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Meme Fail of the Day – February 25, 2016: Possessive Edition

For want of an apostrophe…. And a period.. Nit-picking, perhaps, but if they could get it right for “woman’s,” then why not for “man’s?” Details do matter. (By the way, what does Princess Anna from the Disney movie Frozen have … Continue reading

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Spot the Error: Pundit Edition

Spotted in a bit of political commentary: If the Romney team believed their own inevitability rhetoric, failing to invest for victory yesterday just as they did before South Carolina, that doesn’t auger well for their ability to make sound decisions … Continue reading

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“Writing is a skill, not a talent”

“Writing is a skill, not a talent, and this difference is important because a skill can be improved by practice.” –Robert Stacy McCain, The Other McCain

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Need to apologize? Speak plain English.

There are good ways and bad ways to address a customer service fiasco. Courtesy of Southwest Airlines, here’s one of the bad ways: “We are working directly with the family after sincerely apologizing and issuing a full refund for their … Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of sitting down and doing it

Author John Scalzi recently ran across something he wrote back in 1997 upon finishing his first novel: [L]ike most things on the planet, thinking about doing it is a lot worse than simply sitting down and doing it. The writing … Continue reading

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Spot the Error: Lists Edition

Here’s a poser for you: Our local daily newspaper has a front-page article describing how frequently Fargo makes it into lists generated by various magazines, newspapers, and websites. A few paragraphs into the story is this: Meanwhile, The Daily Beast … Continue reading

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Exculpate the lacuna

Yes, there’s been a lengthy break in posting; real life has reared its head with its normal mix of good, bad, and indifferent disruptions. We will have normal service restored shortly. And for those of you wondering whether I got … Continue reading

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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, borrow lend me your ears”

Borrow Lend me your attention and let me share this gaffe on a newspaper website that my friend Fred pointed out: The day before, his sister Dolly Wambach, of Georgetown, Minn., and family spent about 12 hours loading the tops … Continue reading

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New special report available: “Put Your Writing to the Test”

Can you tell if your writing will get the results you want? Will that document, that letter, that brochure meet the goals you have for it? Is there some way to find out? Yes! There are four inexpensive methods you … Continue reading

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