Book review: Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation, by David Crystal

(Released October 2015) By Nicole North This latest book by world-renowned linguistics authority David Crystal showcases his talent for instructing writers of English while entertaining them with great wit and a punchy narrative style. Punctuation is the focus of Making a Point, and Crystal gives a detailed and straightforward history of its use as well … Continue reading Book review: Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation, by David Crystal

The Nitpicker’s Nook: June’s linguistic links roundup

The Nitpicker’s Nook is a monthly collection of language-related articles, interviews, and blog posts from around the Web. If you read something that would make a good addition, email your suggestion to [email protected] By Emily Chau The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has formed a new group on LinkedIn. Join in to learn a thing or two! … Continue reading The Nitpicker’s Nook: June’s linguistic links roundup

Punctuation styles on different sides of the border

By Samita Sarkar Some time ago, a client contacted me when her manuscript was sent back for revisions because she didn't use “American punctuation.” So what does that even mean? It may seem odd, but depending on the part of the world you reside in, you will not only face pronunciation and spelling differences, but … Continue reading Punctuation styles on different sides of the border