Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

When a Question isn’t Really a Question

Not every question requires a question mark. Trust me. How often don’t you ask a rhetorical question. One that you really don’t expect an answer to. (Like the first sentence in this paragraph.) So when does a question need a question mark? When you expect an answer. Direct questions—the kind journalists ask to get a […]

Word of the Week – homing in

When he was young, our oldest son sang out “homey, homey,” whenever we pulled into the driveway from an out-of-town trip. I use that rather homely introduction to home in on the Word of the Week. Or is it hone in? Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not sure. Even the experts aren’t […]

Don’t Let Scare Quotes Scare You

I recently edited a paper that included an inordinate number of scare quotes. The writer may have thought he was doing readers a favor by placing quotation marks around a word he was introducing or using in an unusual or nontraditional way. But really, it was just plain scary the number of times they were […]

A Peek at a Troublesome Threesome

Homonyms trip up many a writer. You know, those pairs of words that sound alike but have different spellings and often vastly different meanings. Occasionally they come in threes—like to, two, and too. Today we’re tackling another threesome: peek, peak, and pique. Have I piqued your interest? Good. That means you’re curious. The verb form […]

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