From Mercury to Hermeneutics

One of the most popular of the Roman gods was Mercury, patron of merchants and thieves. Mercury had other associations. […]

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5 Cases of Faulty Parenthesis

When a sentence includes a form of parenthesis—a word, phrase, or clause framed by a pair of commas, dashes, or […]

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Naming a Character

The most unforgettable fictional characters begin as a glimmer in the author’s mind. Only in writing the novel does the […]

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Common Errors in Vertical Lists

Employing vertical lists, which display related sets of words, phrases, or sentences entered on separate lines and marked with bullets […]

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Democracy, Aristocracy, Plutocracy

The English suffix –ocracy derives from a Greek word for “power,” “rule,” or “authority.” Six examples of such words are […]

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