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Writers work with the connotation of words, which means the attending feelings that surround a word. The words “brilliant” and “glaring” describe the same quality, but the former is a positive trait and the latter is decidedly negative. So goes the fine line between a critique and criticism. One is kind; the other is not. But they can both be helpful.
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First, please vote for ARTS ENCLAVE on Pepsi Refresh.  We need your votes…

Now…don’t be afraid. You won’t get hurt. And you won’t even be bored (I don’t think) by this post. We’re going to talk about…duhn, duhn, duhn…punctuation.

It is your best tool to convey how the writing is intended to be heard.  We talked about rules that should not be broken, and I didn’t list any rules of grammar—because they are broken approximately every 45 seconds by some writer somewhere ( I haven’t tested that particular statistic, but it sounds right to me).  But just because you don’t like grammar, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use grammar when it suits you. You don’t have to follow it into the abyss: suffice it to say that one ought to endeavor to appeal to a given audience by communicating in the vernacular with which they are most familiar.

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