Punctuating Speech

IN THE DOCK FORUM we see more punctuation errors in speech than in other prose, but the rules are actually straightforward. All speech must be contained within quotes. The traditional way is to use double quotes, i.e. “ and ”, but more recently single quotes have...

A Conjunction of Decomposition

THIS CORRESPONDENT IS AGITATED by certain uses of conjunctions. My agitation has been aroused by the simplistic overtone prevalent in some journalistic house styles. In particular I refer to the practice of starting the sentence or paragraph immediately following the...
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