The rules and opinions I express under the Usage, Typography, and Style sections rely primarily on The Chicago Manual of Style, Garner’s Modern English Usage, The Elements of Style, and the New Oxford American Dictionary, though I also reference opinions in the Publication Manual of the APA, the AP Stylebook, and Robert Binghurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style. For matters of etymology, I trust the Online Etymology Dictionary and my own copy of The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. I tend toward a prescriptive expression of written English—my opinions adhere in faith to clean, clear, and consistent writing.

I also, though less frequently, write about things other than English usage, which you can find under Essays and Other. I expand this page whenever I find more to quibble about.

Usage
a or an
a lot
all right
aluminum or aluminium
among
amoral, immoral, or unmoral
antennae or antennas
apostrophes
as or like
bare or bear
broth or stock
celsius or centigrade
cemetery or graveyard
compose or comprise
conterminous or contiguous
dashes and hyphens
deep-seated
diaereses
die
directional words
disinterest or uninterest
dream
drink
ellipses
emigrate or immigrate
ensure or insure
exclamation points
farther or further
fiancé or fiancée
flammable or inflammable
gibe, gybe, jibe, or jive
gray or grey
hanged or hung
healthful or healthy
if or whether
impregnable or impregnatable
italics
just deserts
lay or lie
learned or learnt
lighted or lit
maelstrom
minuscule
moil or toil
nimrod
numerals
octopus
okay or ok or o.k.
parallelism
parentheses
percent or per cent
pore over
quotes
reign or rein
sarcophagus or sarcophagous
seed
serial comma
shined or shone
sneak
subjunctives
try to
tortuous, torturous, or tortious
use or utilize
unique
wet or whet
whiskey or whisky
yogurt or yoghurt
zero

Typography
paragraphing
sentence spaces

Style
he or she
long sentences
over-punctuation
perfect synonyms
speaker attributions
vogue words

Non-Fiction
mistakes of a self-proclaimed herbivore
on dictionaries

Other
a matter of jewels