Fun with Shoots and Leaves

My Intro to Literary Study students read Lynn Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves while I was away at a conference for most of last week. They really seem to enjoy this book. Early on this term, I noticed a critical mass of students who try to make their blog a place to practice writing for a real audience, rather than simply a place to “do their homework.”  I’m also seeing…

Punches Flew; Camera Rolled

Someone is going to use this incident as evidence to support the claim that social networking websites are dangerous. Lindsay’s father said the teens attacked her to make a video that might become popular on YouTube, the video-sharing Web site. But the mother of one of the girls arrested said Lindsay had provoked the other teens by threatening and insulting them on the MySpace social-networking Web site. Teenagers use social…

CBS Said to Consider Use of CNN in Reporting

I’m always a bit nervous about reading any news article with “said to consider” or “possibly” or “just might gonna be” in the headline, but the NYT reports: Over the last decade, CNN has held on-again, off-again talks with both ABC News and CBS News about various joint ventures but during the last several months, talks with CBS have been revived and lately intensified, according to the executives who were…

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Slashes in Legal Writing

I’m not a student.  I found your web page while looking for a certain use of slashes.  I thought maybe you might know something about it. In the legal field, we sometimes use slashes to indicate that there is nothing following the text when there is extra space at the end of a page.  An example would be when a heading falls at the bottom of the page in a…