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Punctuation

Starry-eyed in cyberspace

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1. 21, Adele

2. Fallen Empires, Snow Patrol

3. Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass In C [The Happiest of All Keys]), David Crowder Band

4. These Times, SafetySuit

Friday, 13 January, 2012, 12:00am

No more excuses for reverting to type

Are you a tour, or a type? (Sorry, that's not what I meant.) By your talk or a type? (No, not even close.) Are you a talker or a tighter?

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

English fan takes XXX approach to teaching ABCs

David Tung Tak-wai really does have proper manners - although people who read his book might not know that.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Dash Ahead shows there is still life in his old legs

Evergreen Dash Ahead will turn nine in a few days, but that didn't stop the gelding appreciating a change of pace to land the sixth win of his lengthy career in the Luk Wu Handicap.

Dash Ahead (Ben So Tik-hung) could never be called a prolific winner, but he has long been as consistent as his get-back style of racing could allow.

28 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Mark these words

Mark it down

What sort of marks are these?

1 a black mark

a. something bad you have done or a bad quality that affects the way people think about you

b. the number plate on the front of a car

2 a tidemark

a. a line left around a sink or a bathtub made by dirty water

11 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Pilcrow

Pilcrow

by Adam Mars-Jones

Faber and Faber

HK$128

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

A fun way to make sure you write what you mean

The Girl's Like Spaghetti

Lynne Truss

Published by Profile Books

ISBN 978 186197 168 5

My new neighbour's daughter is really tall and very thin. Guess what she reminds me of? A strand of spaghetti. The girl's like spaghetti!

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Now you'll know where that little apostrophe needs to go

The Girl's Like Spaghetti

By Lynne Truss

Published by Profile Books

ISBN 978 186197 168 5

My new neighbour's daughter is really tall and very thin. Guess what she reminds me of? A strand of spaghetti. The girl's like spaghetti!

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Fine time

New to the watch market is Tiret New York, a maker of jewel-encrusted timepieces established by Damon Dash and designer Daniel Lazar, one of the original founders of Jacob & Co. Already a favourite of celebrities such as Kanye West, the brand is making its debut in Hong Kong this season. Two styles are available in varying stages of bling (ranging from level one to level three).

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Watch your commas

A few years ago, English writer Lynne Truss got fed up with seeing bad punctuation on signs and in newspapers so she wrote a witty book about how incorrect commas and the like mess up what you mean.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves became a best-seller, and now Truss and cartoonist Bonnie Timmons have come up with a delightful version of this unlikely hit for youngsters.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Mind your language

It was a clear, bright morning and An An, the Ocean Park panda, decided to leave home for the day and go shopping in Causeway Bay.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A Word in Your Shell-like: 6,000 Curious & Everyday Phrases Explained

A Word in Your Shell-like: 6,000 Curious & Everyday Phrases Explained

by Nigel Rees

Collins, $144

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Short and sweet

We all like to take a shortcut instead of going the long way round. In English, some phrases have short forms which are often used in speech and informal writing.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

... It has been the home to dozens of A-list movie actors and Broadway stars, though its acting programme at the New School, founded in 1994, had never been considered ... to be one of the nation's top drama programmes.

1 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

1. With music and gaming already well established with millions of mobile phone users around the world . . .

2. As a first step, many plan to hedge their bets by making short one-to-two-minute-long spin-offs from well-known TV soaps and reality shows such as Big Brother and the X-Factor . . .

19 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

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