Symbols and Punctuation

  1. Take Our NFL Final Four Quiz!

    Only in the NFL are Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Falcons related… The “Final Four” isn’t really the accepted term for the AFC and NFC title games. It’s actually used most commonly in connection with the NCAA basketball championships (also see: March Madness). But it’s catchier than “AFC/NFC Conference Title Games,” so here we are. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC title, …

  2. WikiLeaks Uncovers CIA’s Secret Hacking Code Names

  3. When X Always = 10

    Roman numerals are a collection of symbols that make up the number system that was used by the ancient Romans. Today, Roman numerals are more commonly used in titles, to number parts of works, in music theory, and on clock faces. Where do you see Roman numerals most often? The Symbols The Roman numeral system uses only seven symbols: I, V, X, L, C, D, …

  4. Quiz Yourself: How Well Do You Know Roman Numerals?

    Did you use Roman numerals today? You may not think of them often, but if you’ve ever read a clock or talked about the Super Bowl, you’ve probably needed to remember V = 5. Check to see how well you know them in our quiz!

  5. Is It “i.e.” Or “e.g.”? Take The Quiz

    Do you use i.e. or e.g. often in your writing? Take this quiz to test your understanding of these two abbreviations. If you need a refresher on these commonly confused terms, read about the differences between i.e. and e.g. How did you do? Share your results in the comments!

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    What’s Your Punctuation Mark?

  7. What Is the X in Xmas?

    Here’s a holiday surprise that only the dictionary can provide. Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people do. You won’t find Xmas in church songbooks or even on many greeting cards. Xmas is popularly associated with a trend towards materialism, and sometimes the target of people who decry the emergence of general “holiday” observance instead of particular cultural and …

  8. How To Use Common Punctuation Marks

    A discussion of each mark follows, in alphabetical order by name of mark. Also includes how to divide words; use of numerals/numbers; possessives; and common errors in punctuation.

  9. Let Me Count the Ways: 10 Numerical Idioms

  10. Solving the punctuation puzzle

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