Grammar & Style Blog

Abbreviations vs. Acronyms, and Why You Should Stop Calling It an Acronyms List

As with most fields, my primary field, international development, uses many standards and jargon that do not follow traditional rules of grammar, language, and spelling (and I'm a traditionalist). Some are harmless, such as capitalizing the "g" in "Government" when referring to a specific country (e.g., Government of South Sudan, Government of Nigeria); others are less [...]

Returning to My Blog

Hi there, grammar-loving friends! I'm sorry for taking such a long break from my blog and website; it's been a super busy year. I moved, found a rewarding full-time job, adopted a wonderful cat named Topher, and ended up with a constantly full plate seemingly overnight. But, I'm back! And, excited to put some focus [...]

To Split or Not to Split… That is the Question about Infinitives

To Split or Not to Split… That is the Question about Infinitives

As an editor, this is the #1 question I get. Is it OK to use split infinitives?  Lots of sources provide conflicting opinions. Many, like Oxford English Dictionary's Language Matters, say "yes." But, I say "no." Sure, split infinitives have become a part of American English convention. But, that does not mean using them is correct or the [...]