Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: Let's Rock 'N' Roll, Baby


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?

Since we had a brief musical interlude last week with citing songs and such, let’s finish up words and phrases that begin with the letter “R.”

Recur, recurred, recurring

These are the correct words, not reoccur.

Red-haired, redhead, redheaded

These words are correct ways to describe your favorite ginger. Red-haired is hyphenated, but redhead and redheaded aren’t.


One word for retweet, the sharing of a tweet on Twitter.


This phrase to describe such companies as Uber and Lyft is hyphenated.

Rifle, riffle

The Associated Press Stylebook states, “to rifle is to plunder or steal,” whereas to riffle is “to leaf rapidly through a book or pile of papers.” A rifle, spelled with one “f,” also is a gun.

Rock ‘n’ roll

That’s the phrase, but the hall of fame’s name is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why? No idea.

Roller coaster

Two words. I didn’t know that, did you? Here I thought it was one for the longest time.


The company name of my dream car is hyphenated.

Room numbers

AP suggests using figures and to capitalize the word “room” when referring to a specific location within a building, such as Room 222, Room 7.

Runner-up, runners-up

To pluralize runner-up, add an “s.”

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These five books are on my desk at all times. Maybe they'll help you as well.

The Associated Press Stylebook, 2016 edition
The Chicago Manual of Style
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition
The Bugaboo Review: A lighthearted guide to exterminating confusion about words, spelling, and grammar


A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on Karen, please visit www.karenberner.com.


R. Doug Wicker said…
My favorite car company is also two words, but not hyphenated:

Aston Martin.
Excellent choice, R. Doug.

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