Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?
Today, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 focuses on various handy bits of information, all of which have to do with the letter "D."
This is something people get wrong constantly and probably ranks in the top five grammar nerd pet peeves. When punctuating decades, use an apostrophe to indicate the numerals that are left out. Add an "s" to pluralize. No, I repeat no apostrophe before the "s."
The 1980s had some great music, especially the post-punk, alternative bands.
She loved '80s music.
World War II ended in the mid-1940s.
Did you know the tallest peak in North America used to be called Mount McKinley? It measures 20,310 feet.
Differ from, differ with
The AP Stylebook states that to differ from means to be unlike. To differ with means to disagree.
Discreet, according to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, means having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech.
Discrete is having a separate entity or individually distinct.
Dyeing is the spelling for coloring something. Dying, obviously then, refers to death. Don't forget the "e," or pretty soon, you're readers will wonder if a dyeing aunt suddenly developed a great passion for tie-dye.
These five books are on my desk at all times. Maybe they'll help you as well.
Grammar Nerd Question of the Week:
What's the difference between disinterested and uninterested?