About Language Tips
(Weekly Language Usage Tips was developed to respond to the needs of fellows, post-docs, and faculty in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. All faults in content and writing are mine alone and not the University’s.)
As most of you know, I spend a lot of time reviewing grant proposals, IRB protocols and other formal writing. Frequently, I see a grammar, spelling, or usage issue that folks get wrong time and time again. Once in a while the mistake is so egregious that I respond pretty vehemently (which accounts for a recent rant about starting a sentence with “as well.”) Since formal writing is so integral to our work (including the receipt of grant awards), I decided to address these issues in a weekly email. The email, Weekly Language Usage Tips, allows me to provide tips on grammar, spelling, usage, and other issues relevant to formal writing.
This blog is designed to be a place where everyone/anyone can comment on the Weekly Language Usage Tips. You can post them anonymously or with your name; it’s up to you. I have been receiving some very interesting comments, and I thought we would all enjoy reading them.
Please note that occasionally, I have seen advertisements on these posts. These have been placed there by WordPress, and I do not endorse them or the companies they represent. It’s the cost of using a free weblog.
One other thing. Some people have wondered why I use single quotation marks instead of double around quotations. The reason is simple. Besides posting here, I also send the posts out as email, and people complained that, for some reason, the double quotation marks messed up their mail programs. So, I changed to single quotation marks. That’s all.
So Welcome to the Language Tips blog! I look forward to hearing from you.
Most commonly used references:
Bryson, B. (2002) Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer’s Guide to Getting it Right. New York, NY: Broadway books.
Fowler, HW. (1965)A Dictionary Modern English Usage, Second Edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Garner, BA.(2009) Garner’s Modern American Usage. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Goodman, NW, Edwards. MB. (2006) Medical Writing; A prescription for Clarity, Third Edition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Lynch, J. (2008) The English Language: A user’s guide. Newbury, MA: Focus Publishing.
O’Conner, PT. (2003) Woe is I: the Grammarphobes Guide to Better English in Plain English. New York, NY: Riverhead books.
Walsh, B. (2004) The Elephants of Style. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.