It seems a topic only too appropriate for today: I ran across scare quotes today in a page proof. They were used inconsistently, so I dug into my trusty Chicago manual to see the scoop and what rules might apply. As usual, I never open that book without learning something. "Scare quotes," according to CMOS 17 … Continue reading Scary “Scare Quotes”
Recently, in reviewing an academic article, I came across the following sentence in the notes to a table: "Industry and year-specific intercepts are not included for brevity." At first glance, the meaning might seem obvious, but let's look again. Are you including the intercepts or not? Because this could mean two things: that the intercepts … Continue reading Comma Confusion: To Include or Not to Include?