Friday, October 22, 2010
A wild and crazy guy
Yes. My close personal friend, Steve Martin. We chat frequently, mostly via Twitter.
He posted something the other day and I erroneously schooled him on his punctuation. I mistakenly believed that "correctly punctuated" should be hyphenated. I was then myself schooled by Hollie and some other person who's name I can't remember, and was directed to the Chicago Manual of Style for verification. I was wrong, and stand corrected.
What follows is a verbatim exchange between my close personal friend Steve Martin and myself from Twitter, the afternoon of October 21, 2010.
Steve: Today is get it right Friday! In an earlier tweet, someone pointed out that “correctly punctuated,” should have read “correctly-punctuated.”
Me: That was me. I was proven wrong, according to Chicago Manual of Style
SM: Evidently, that someone was wrong. So "get it right Thursday!" starts off with a bang!
SM: Get it right Friday to become regular feature .
SM: So it's correct to say, "Chicago Manually of Style?"
Me: If correctly punctuated, yes.
SM: Am checking Tri-County Area Manual of Style. Very adamant about capitals beginning sentences, or at least being second letter.
SM: Tri-County Area Manual of Style also suggests, for clarity, inserting when spelling them: Fo4ur. Fi5ve. Six6ty-Sev7en.
Thanks, Steve. Talk to you soon.