Actually, so helpful! Actually, the Comma Goes Here by Lucy Cripps

9781641526494_FCFirst off, let me say how much I like this book.  It is easy to read, has some wit and is incredibly helpful.  I love to write, but while my daughters knew of Oxford commas and FANBOY, I did not.  For those who do not know, these are all about the uses of commas.  I know that now. That tricky piece of punctuation and others are explicated here.  I highly recommend this title to anyone who wants to write better.

Many thanks to the publisher, Callisto, for this read in exchange for an honest review.

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The Period

He has ruled the roost since the beginning of punctuation time, when he helped Aristophanes help the fathers of civilization. The period is stern, opinionated, and unswayable. He holds entire sentences and sentence fragments to rights and clears space for the rest of punctuation to do its thing.

The Semicolon

The semicolon. What a moment! But, from the other side of the cave (of course it is a cave, this is the end of a fierce quest . . . there is always a cave), all we hear are the raucous giggles of the winking semicolon, sitting on a rock, head thrown back as he shakes with laughter, pointing at us in deep amusement.

The Hyphen

Look at the difference between a “small business owner” and a “small-business owner.” What about “fast dog food delivery service”? What is going on? “Fast-dog food-delivery service”? “Fast dog-food delivery service”? Despite doing a lot of the donkey work in keeping writing sensical, the hyphen is being hunted.

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