Typographic Temperature Technicality

Did you know that you don’t use the degree sign when you write the wind chill?

Here’s the whole paragraph:

With the new [as of 2001] formula, Environment Canada began reporting wind chill as an index stripped of units, so that a calculated wind chill of, say, -30°C is communicated simply as -30. “The current index is expressed in temperature-like units because it is the format that was preferred by most Canadians,” says the agency. “However, since the wind chill index is not actually a real temperature but, rather, represents the feeling of cold on your skin, it is reported without the degree sign.”


So there you have it.

To make the degree sign, by the way, hold down the Alt key while you type 0176 on the numeric keypad. So 40° below, for example. On a Mac, it’s Option-Shift 8.

How Do You Spell “Resumay”?

I wrote about this back in 2012, but I repeat myself occasionally, so here’s the lesson again, particularly since I have a comic for it:


Maybe that’s what happens when you and your résumé don’t match…

(ahem) Anyway, how do you get that accented “e”?

On a Windows computer, hold down the Alt key while you type 0233 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt key.

On a Mac, Hold down the Option key while you type an e, then release both keys, and then type “e” again.

May you and your résumé always match, and may the résumé be outstanding.

Grammar Comic

Lightweight post today. I kind of wish that first panel were true, though…


I think it would be funnier if the last panel had “yr” instead of “your.”

Affect and Effect

I don’t run into this error very often, except in places that want to correct your grammar. And sometimes in a high school student’s homework.

It’s in the middle panel in the second line. (Little bit of cynicism in the title panel…)


I don’t need to tell you how to do it right, do I?

The Difference Between “Both” and “Each.”

You need a context to be able to tell whether “each” refers to two things. For example, you could say that each hand has a glove on it, or each team member was in uniform.

Let’s assume the context implies two things. You still have an important difference between these two words:

“Both” refers to two things together.
“Each” refers to two things separately.

Here’s a good example of getting it wrong:

There is one [polar vortex] at both poles, and other planets have them too. 


Sorry, each pole gets its own vortex.

Just for grins, here’s a Hubble photo of Saturn’s polar vortex.

Related image

Here’s a break from Serious Stuff

Haven’t shown many comics lately, so here’s one. At least it’s about grammar.


The oldest mistake in the book: their, there, they’re.

Invisalign And Its Benefits

It is quite obvious that all of us want our teeth to be properly aligned and straight. However, this does not always happen and there are thousands of people (quite a few hundreds, perhaps in Oklahoma City) who could be suffering from wrongly formed teeth due to a number of reasons. While there are many ways of treating this problem, Invisalign is a system that has earned the reputation of being one of the most popular ways of setting wrongly formed teeth right. It has become popular because of a number of reasons. We will try and look at a few of the advantages associated with the Invisalign system.

They Correct Quite A Few Things

 While there is no doubt that OKC Invisalign helps in correcting gaps in teeth, straightening crooked teeth or crowded teeth, there are also a few more advantages that are worth looking at. It also could help in correcting abnormal bite functions. It could help in correcting situations where the lower and upper jobs fail to be together because of such ill-formed and wrongly formed teeth. OKC family dentistry need to understand that if bite problems are not fixed it could lead to many other oral issues. These include cavities and loss of a tooth. It also could lead to gum infections, erosion of enamel of the tooth and in some cases people could also suffer from eating and speaking difficulties.

 Healthier Mouth

 If you have straighter and well-aligned teeth, it obviously will mean that you will have a healthier mouth. The overall appearance will be pleasing. You will not have bad odor emanating from the mouth because you will not have the problem of decaying food particles getting stuck in the gaps of teeth that are improperly formed. You also will be able to stay away from inflammation of the gums that is referred to as gingivitis. There are lesser chances of patients suffering from tooth sensitivity and chipping of teeth. It certainly will go a long way in reducing the risk of tooth loss.

 They Are Comfortable And Convenient

 With Invisalign technology being what it is, you certainly have a much better alternative to traditional braces. Hence it is not surprising that Invisalign is rapidly replacing dental braces. When it comes to maintenance and upkeep there is no doubt that Invisalign is always a much better option. It is a system that helps to move teeth into their respective positions gently and gradually. You certainly will be happy because it does away with the need for ugly looking wires and brackets that are associated with dental braces.

 Daily Routines Are Easy To Perform

 There is one more reason for the growing popularity of Invisalign. It makes the daily routine that much simpler and easier. Brushing is an easy job when compared to braces and wires. Further, you can easily remove and fix them back again. They are invisible and this is one of the reasons why it is considered so very popular when compared to other forms of treatments and options.


 Given the above facts, there is no doubt that going in for Invisalign is one of the best options today whenever there is a need for correcting problems related to crooked, crowded and ugly looking spaced-out teeth.

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Address:10924 Hefner Pointe Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: (405) 563-7097

Made-up Plurals

Some nouns don’t have a plural form, “species,” for example. Here’s what can happen if you make up a plural:

As Searses and Toys-R-Uses evaporate from suburban shopping centers, thrift stores are shuttering, too.


Change them to adjectives and you get rid of the awkwardness: Write “Sears and Toys-R-Us stores…”

That latter is a good example of the rule (usually applied to acronyms) that you should add an apostrophe when you make a plural whenever not using the apostrophe could cause confusion.

Another Use for Quotation Marks

You all know that quotation marks (“little goose feet” if you’re a grade schooler in Germany) are used to indicate that you’re repeating exactly what someone says (or writes).

We have another use, in the typography trade, called “scare quotes.” They’re used to separate something from its context. You just saw two sets of scare quotes in this post, so far.

Another use just occurred to me: to indicate how to pronounce something. Here’s my example:

The only exceptions are single polygons larger than a triangle, and something called the θ0 (“theta zero”) graph, in which a vertex in the center of a hexagon is connected to two opposite vertices.


If they hadn’t said otherwise, I’d have pronounced it “theta sub zero.”

I think I run into this use mostly in subjects that are somewhat abstruse, such as some mathematics and physics. The sentence is in an article about the atomic structure of magnetism. Go follow the link if you’re interested.

So there you have it. Make sense?

An Exception to the Less-Fewer Rule

When we count things, the rule it to say “fewer,” and when we measure things, we say “less.” So we have fewer apples, but less distance. Since we measure time, normally we say less.

But you can count time, too, and when that happens, you should use fewer. So the guy in this comic has it wrong.


Just be sure you’re counting units of time, not measuring the time itself.