The rules and opinions I express under the Usage, Formatting, 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; 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. I tend toward a prescriptive expression of written English; all my opinions stand in good faith of clean and consistent writing.

I also, though less frequently, write about things other than English usage, which you can read under Essays. I will continue to expand this page as I find more to quibble about.

Usage
a or an
apostrophes
as or like
deep-seated
directional words
disinterest or uninterest
ellipses
emigrate or immigrate
ensure or insure
exclamation points
flammable or inflammable
hanged or hung
hyphens and dashes
if or whether
italics
lay or lie
numerals
parallelism
parentheses
quotes
serial comma
shined or shone
subjunctives

Formatting
paragraphing
sentence spaces

Style
he or she
long sentences
over-punctuation
speaker attributions
use or utilize
vogue words

Essays
mistakes of a self-proclaimed herbivore
on dictionaries