Monthly Archives: April 2014

Commas, Em Dashes, and Ellipses—And Their Proper Use!

In last week’s blog, I explained how to properly use the three types of dashes in writing. Today, I’d like to further the discussion on punctuation marks that are used specifically to clarify or to emphasize a point. They are … Continue reading

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Hyphens and Dashes – The Dread of Misuse!

Hyphens and dashes are two distinctly different punctuation marks and a proper understanding of each will avoid embarrassing mistakes in your writing. Will anyone get MURDERED as a result of using the wrong one in the wrong place? No, but … Continue reading

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Ignoring Doctor’s Orders – A Common Practice!

Have you ever gone to a doctor for a medical problem, had that physician prescribe a medication, but then ignored the doctor’s instructions and didn’t get that prescription filled? If your answer is “yes” to that question, then your action … Continue reading

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E-Liquids = The New Murder Weapon!

For all the wonders of the technological age of today, there are times when life-enhancing advances can turn sinister. One such example is the evolution of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes were first patented in 1963. The mechanism simulates smoking a real … Continue reading

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Scorpion Venom – A Lethal Opportunity!

Scorpions are predatory arthropods—exoskeleton or shell-like creatures. They originated in England in the High Middle Ages (around 1200 AD). Although scorpion venom has a fearsome reputation, there are only about 25 varieties (out of the over 1,700 species) that have … Continue reading

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