Here’s a yellow and blue cat that I found in a ceramics shop in Hong Kong. I just couldn’t pass him up, and he now sits atop my Chinese red cabinet. See him above in my blog masthead photo?
Another yellow cat! This one is from a peasant painting I purchased in Hong Kong.
Oh Heck! Another Quirky Writing Error
Important date coming up on my calendar: April 4th, my birthday. Nothing quirky about that! But in our house, April is Birthday Month with little presents arriving daily. (Hmmm, maybe I could extend this to Birthday Season. I’ll try that idea out on my husband. I’m sure he’ll agree.
Seriously, though, one error that pops up frequently in draft articles for our community newsletter is the use of capital letters on the seasons.
Names of months, days of the week, and holidays all begin with capital letters, but, alas, the generic four seasons do not receive any special recognition so do not get capital letters.
When you write for academic or journalistic purposes write your seasons like this: spring, summer, fall (and autumn), and winter.
Of course, there are times when you should capitalization the seasons.
1. When it is the first word in a sentence or quote. (Duh.)
** Summer is my favorite time of the year, but winter in Florida is nice, too.
** Many of us use a mnemonic device to help us remember when to change our clocks for Daylight Savings Time, “Spring ahead; fall behind.”
“Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the flowers iz.”
2. On titles of articles
** Here is an article that does it right: “Spring Equinox Desert Reborn.” A season is capitalized in the title but not in the body of the article.
3. When it is part of a formal title
** Winter Olympics
** Autumnal Equinox Celebration & Official Farm-to-Fork Week Kick-off (Soil Born Farms, Sacramento, CA)
** Spring Semester 2014
** 2014 Spring Jazz Fest, Cape May, New Jersey
Sorry, summer vacation, though it is, indeed, a very special time of the year for many people, does not merit a capital letter.
4. In poetry, when a season is given human qualities (personification).
The Greeks and Romans and other ancients loved the seasons, often attributing human qualities to them, a technique called personification, and when they did, they used capital letters.
Finally, remember, in the most common usages of the seasons in writing, do not use capital letters.
Your turn: What quirky errors do you find in writing? Which ones annoy you the most?
Janice Hall Heck is a retired educator and now
nitpicky editor of On the Horizon, a bi-monthly community newsletter for Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, NJ.
April has been called the “cruellest month,” (T.S.Eliot) but I can’t agree with that. First of all, it is my birthday month (30 days of presents!), the month where spring actually warms up my home state (NJ), and the month where crocuses and daffodils fight the dregs of the cold winter by pushing up through the crusty ground. And every April a new A to Z Challenge comes along. Being a person who can never pass up a good challenge, I have awakened my blog from its winter doldrums to announce my participation in the 2014 A to Z Challenge. The A to Z Challenge asks participants to write 26 posts in the month of April, one for each day of the week, Sundays off. The fun is in reading all the other great blog posts written by more than 1600 bloggers in this challenge.
My Theme for A to Z 2014: Oh, Heck! Another Quirky Writing Error (WR)
I edit a bi-monthly community newsletter entitled On the Horizon, the official newsletter of Horizons at Woods Landing, Mays Landing, New Jersey, a 55+ community. While On the Horizon is just a little community rag, the newsletter committee endeavors to produce an error-free publication. Errors, however, being as devilish as they are, occasionally creep into our pages while we are not looking. Even so, we manage to trash the most egregious ones before the newsletter goes to press. I will pick on some of these quirky errors for this blog challenge.
My first blog post for the 2014 A to Z will be “A is for Ampersands. Right or Wrong?”
Ampersands? Yes. Ampersands can be used correctly, but they also can be used incorrectly. Read my first post on April 1 to see the difference. The Last Meow As always, my kitties will sometimes fuss about me always stealing the show, so they may demand to write a post now and then. I like to humor them, so I give in once in a while. Spoiled brats! Right now they are negotiating for the letter C. I can’t imagine what they want to write about. (See a CatFurDay Commentary here for a sample of their wit.)
Meow for now. =<^&^>= Sign up for 2014 A to Z Challenge here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html
See more info on A to Z 2014 at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html#sthash.vJ462t2y.dpuf
NaBloPoMo – December. Post every day in December.
I parked in a different place than usual when I visited my brother one cold and gloomy November day. He wasn’t home, so I sat in my warm car waiting. As I sat, I scanned the neighborhood looking for potential blog photos and found this unexpected sight in the neighbor’s backyard behind my brother’s condominium.
I went closer to the fence to get a better view.
The Last Meow (from the cats, of course!)
Here’s an unexpected photo. Look who happens to be in the background of this photo of me. You’d think the photographer would have focused better on me since I was the true center of attention. Humans! What can you expect?
Meow for Now. =<^;^>=
December 1 – Advent Week 1.
The Old Testament patriarchs prophesied about the coming of the Messiah and that gave the Israelites hope. Week 1 of Advent focuses on preparing for the birth of Christ, and in church, we light the first candle (Hope) in the Advent wreath. We then light one candle each Sunday until Christmas.
What are some of your church’s or your family’s holiday traditions?
NaBloPoMo 30. The official last post of this challenge. This has been a fun run.
I tried to add a little spice with Nano Poblano.
One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new bloggers. I load up on categories in my WordPress Reader and find new friends through NaBloPoMo, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenges, WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Theme, A to Z Challenge, Blog Every Day, Book Reviews, and a few more.
I enjoy getting comments and “likes” from my faithful visitors. That is so encouraging.
One comment from Soesterbror at http://brorsadu.wordpress.com had me chuckling. She told me about her great-grandmother…
our lovely Great-grandmother (1888-1992) from Northern Norway said: “Fetta Komplett,” and maybe believed she spoke French.
I commented back that her comment made me think of my dear own little French grandmother, “Grannie,” who mixed English and French when she spoke to us kiddoes. I remember her clear as day, standing in front of her old wood-fired cook stove, with the family dogs Nellie, Queenie, Daisy, and Fluffy scattered around on the kitchen floor hoping for a bite to eat. Dada sat at the kitchen table reading the newspaper.
I don’t remember my Grannie saying “Fetta Komplett,” but my high school French told me that maybe “fetta komplett” meant the same as “fait accompli” or “job finished.” Sure enough, Soesterbror confirmed that.
So, today, I can say “Fetta Komplett” because I have finished my last post for NaBloPoMo 2013. Now on to the next challenge!
In the meantime, I want to thank my most faithful commenters. Your comments always made my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my posts. And I have enjoyed looking at your posts, too. (Sorry Soesterbror, I can’t read yours! Special thanks for writing your comments to me in English. )
Linda Adams http://garridon.wordpress.com/
Nina Amir http://howtoblogabook.com/
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And special thanks also to all those who stopped by and “liked” my blog. It would take me quite awhile to post the links to all of you…and it’s getting late. So I will post my links to you at another time.
The WANAFriday prompt for this week comes from Tami Clayton. Tami can usually be found Taking Tea in the Kasbah.
The #wanafriday blog prompt for November 29, 2013 is: Dig through your bag, couch cushions, backpack, man purse, satchel, or scan the floor of your car for the first coin you find. Look at the year printed on it and then write about what you were doing that year.…