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No writing is a complete waste Posted on 20 March 2017 by James Cowan in Writing

If you have checked out the "About" page of this site, you will know that much of my career was spent working with computers. In this moderately arcane world, there is a saying that "no program is a complete waste: it can always be used as a bad example". How terrifyingly true! So bad were some of the examples that I had to "improve" that I wrote an article for the computing press debating whether a better ... Read more

Punctuation 2 Posted on 31 March 2017 by James Cowan in Punctuation

Returning to the topic of the comma, there is a riddle about the difference between a cat and a comma. Answer: "the cat has claws at the end of its paws; the comma's a pause at the end of a clause." A clause being more-or-less a sentence, with a noun and an action in it. So the comma in "Chief Executive, John Smith said" is horribly out of place. Commas can be used alone when they are separating things that ... Read more

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