About Marcia Riefer Johnston

Author of "Word Up!" and "You Can Say That Again"

You Can Say That Again—A new book (I mean, a book) is born today

Please join me in celebrating the release—today, April Fools’ Day—of my second book, You Can Say That Again: 750 Redundant Phrases to Think Twice About. You won’t find any April Fools’ jokes in this post; the timing is coincidental. I admit, though, I like the idea of this lighthearted book coming out on this lighthearted day.

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Commas around Appositives—When and Why?

When you wonder whether to put commas around an appositive, imagine those commas as greased skids causing the appositive to lose its grip on the adjacent words and slide out of sight. Does the remaining sentence still make sense? If so, use those slippery commas. If not, don’t.

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It’s NaNonFiWriMo (National Nonfiction Writing Month)

Thanks to writing coach Nina Amir, founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo), November now beckons to writers of nonfiction, too.

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