Cecelia Watson, in her book Semicolon, references some innovations in punctuation that did not catch on. An example is the punctus percontativus, or rhetorical question mark. Using the symbol of a reversed question mark, it indicated that the question it preceded was rhetorical in intent. In a piece of writing that I enjoyed, Watson descriptively …

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Susurration. I always enjoy encountering a word that I’ve never read or heard before. Susurration. Lexico.com provides this meaning: Whispering or rustling. ‘the susurration of the river’ ‘It settled to the ground with a soft susurration like stirring leaves.’ ‘Something beautiful but so far away-like the music of a faraway violin or the susurration of …

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For those who are still communicating with words rather than emojis or memes, this Mental Floss article borrows from Lifehacker and provides some tips regarding the use of the subjective ‘who’ or the objective ‘whom’ in sentences. The article starts out by observing that the words are not interchangeable: In casual messages with friends or …

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