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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Halloween Edition

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Boo! With Halloween right around the corner, today's Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 takes a decidedly dastardly turn to discuss spooky words and how to spell them. Happy Halloween, my friends.
Apparition
An apparition is an unusual or unexpected sight. It also can mean a ghostly figure. 
Bloodcurdling
Notice there is no hyphen for the word that means arousing fright. 
Cemetery
For years, I thought cemetery was spelled cemetary. Oh, the horror!
Frightening
With an "en" in the middle. I say "fright-ten-ing" when I'm typing it, so I don't forget.
Mausoleum
A mausoleum is a large, above-ground tomb. It also can be used to describe a large gloomy room or building. 
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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: 'F' It All

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Today, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 deals with words starting with the letter "F." If you like to swear, raise your hand. Me, too, now that the kids are grown. It feels great. But not everyone shares my affinity. Whether you use profanity in your writing or not is a choice you have to make. It's probably not a good idea to use it in the business world, but for fiction writers, it's your call. 
Here are some other words that begin with "F."
Fallout
Fallout is one word. Never hyphenated. Never separated. 
Far, far away
Far-flungFar-off But farsighted.
Why? Who knows? English is a goofy language.
Fetus
In humans, fetus is the proper term from the eighth weeks of conception through birth. Those seven weeks before? The correct word is embryo.
Firefighter

Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: E is for Efficient

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Today's post deals with interesting grammar rules for words beginning with the letter "E."  For example, did you know that escalator used to be a trademarked word, but now is a generic term? Neither did I. 
Embarrass
I'm embarrassed at how many times I have to look this word up. It always appears on those "Top 25 Toughest Words to Spell" lists, and it's true. Every time I type it, it looks wrong. Same goes for embarrassing and embarrassment.
E-stuff
The AP Stylebook states no hyphen for email, but uses the hyphen for other "e" words, such as e-book, e-business, e-commerce, and e-reader.
Emigrate, immigrate
A person who leaves a country emigrates from it. One who comes into a country immigrates. Same goes for emigrant and immigrant
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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Birthday Edition

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?
Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Since Friday is my birthday, this week's Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 is all about me—my biggest grammar pet peeves. I know I'm not perfect, something my old bones remind me of daily, but there are just some issues that drive me insane. You know. You feel the same way. So here are my Top Five Grammar Pet Peeves.
Unwittingly making plural things possessives No matter how many times I rant about this, I still see people using an apostrophe "s" when all they want to do is make the word plural. A plain, old "s" is just fine and grammatically correct.
Example:  Happy Holidays from the Smith's
From the Smith's WHAT? Using an apostrophe s connotes possession. It does not make a word plural. 

Not using the Oxford comma Sorry, AP Stylebook, but I LO…