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Semicolon Book

Science historian Cecelia Watson’s splendid new book Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark is her long love letter to an underappreciated punctuation mark. This is part of a complete episode.

Joe Moran on Writing Well

Joe Moran’s essay on writing well suggests that his forthcoming book is a great read. It’s called First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life. This is part of a complete episode.

The Three Comma Club

If you’re in the three-comma club, you’re a billionaire–a reference to the number of commas needed to separate all those zeroes in your net worth. This is part of a complete episode.

The Dreaded Diaeresis

What do readers of The New Yorker complain about most when they write letters to the editor? Those two dots above vowels in words like cooperate and reelect. The diaeresis, as those marks are known, has remained in use at the magazine ever since the...

Oxford Comma Mascot

Oxford University doesn’t really have a mascot, so a listener asks on our Facebook page: Why not call them the Oxford Commas? This is part of a complete episode.