Making a List, Checking it Twice

When you make a trip to the grocery store, do you write an essay about what you want to buy? Hopefully not, because most sane people make a list. Lists make dense information easy to understand at a glance. Instead of searching through wordy sentence after wordy...

Repossessing the Possessive

Excessive apostrophe use is one of the most frequent conditions affecting writers today. How would you like it if a dash were to float above your head, looming over you all day long? Well your numbers and letters don’t like it either. In fact the Chicago Manual of...

Thr33s and 7even7

One, two, three,…you know the drill. Spell out numbers under 10 right? Wrong. The 7th edition of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) revises this rule. It is now acceptable to use a numeral in place of writing out a number. This new rule (or rule change) makes...