The Writer's Desk Book
Being a Reference Volume upon Questions of Punctuation, Capitalization, Spelling, Division of Words, Indention, Spacing, Italics, Abbreviations, Accents, Numerals, Faulty Diction, Letter Writing, Postal Regulations, Etc.
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The Writer's Desk Book Being a Reference Volume upon Questions of Punctuation, Capitalization, Spelling, Division of Words, Indention, Spacing, Italics, Abbreviations, Accents, Numerals, Faulty Diction, Letter Writing, Postal Regulations, Etc.

By William Dana Orcutt
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  • THE WRITER’S DESK BOOK
    • CONTENTS
    • PUNCTUATION MARKS, ACCENTS, ETC.
    • PUNCTUATION
      • THE COMMA
        • The comma is required:
        • The comma is not required:
      • The comma is required:
      • The comma is not required:
      • THE SEMICOLON
        • Use the semicolon:
      • Use the semicolon:
      • THE COLON
        • Use the colon:
      • Use the colon:
      • THE PERIOD
        • Use the period:
        • Do not use the period:
      • Use the period:
      • Do not use the period:
      • THE DASH
        • Use the dash:
      • Use the dash:
      • THE EXCLAMATION
        • The exclamation-point is required:
      • The exclamation-point is required:
      • THE INTERROGATION
      • QUOTATION-MARKS
        • Quote:
      • Quote:
      • PARENTHESES
      • BRACKETS
        • Use brackets:
      • Use brackets:
      • THE APOSTROPHE
      • THE HYPHEN
    • THE COMMA
      • The comma is required:
      • The comma is not required:
    • The comma is required:
    • The comma is not required:
    • THE SEMICOLON
      • Use the semicolon:
    • Use the semicolon:
    • THE COLON
      • Use the colon:
    • Use the colon:
    • THE PERIOD
      • Use the period:
      • Do not use the period:
    • Use the period:
    • Do not use the period:
    • THE DASH
      • Use the dash:
    • Use the dash:
    • THE EXCLAMATION
      • The exclamation-point is required:
    • The exclamation-point is required:
    • THE INTERROGATION
    • QUOTATION-MARKS
      • Quote:
    • Quote:
    • PARENTHESES
    • BRACKETS
      • Use brackets:
    • Use brackets:
    • THE APOSTROPHE
    • THE HYPHEN
    • CAPITALIZATION
      • RELIGIOUS TERMS
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • PROPER NAMES
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • TITLES
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • INSTITUTIONAL TERMS
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • REFERENCES
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • ORDINALS
        • Capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • IN GENERAL
        • Capitalize:
        • Do not capitalize:
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
      • SMALL CAPITALS
    • RELIGIOUS TERMS
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • PROPER NAMES
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • TITLES
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • INSTITUTIONAL TERMS
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • REFERENCES
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • ORDINALS
      • Capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • IN GENERAL
      • Capitalize:
      • Do not capitalize:
    • Capitalize:
    • Do not capitalize:
    • SMALL CAPITALS
    • SPELLING
      • NUMBERS
      • DIPHTHONGS
      • SIMPLE RULES OF ORTHOGRAPHY
      • ACCENTED WORDS
      • PARTICIPLES
      • VARIABLE ENDINGS
    • NUMBERS
    • DIPHTHONGS
    • SIMPLE RULES OF ORTHOGRAPHY
    • ACCENTED WORDS
    • PARTICIPLES
    • VARIABLE ENDINGS
    • COMPOUND WORDS
      • Use the hyphen:
        • Do not use the hyphen:
      • Do not use the hyphen:
    • Use the hyphen:
      • Do not use the hyphen:
    • Do not use the hyphen:
    • DIVISION OF WORDS
    • INDENTION AND PARAGRAPHING
      • PARAGRAPHING
    • PARAGRAPHING
    • SPACING
    • ITALIC
      • Italic is used:
    • Italic is used:
    • ABBREVIATIONS
      • DATES
      • PROPER NAMES
      • TITLES
      • 6. COMMERCIAL ABBREVIATIONS
      • 7. GEOGRAPHICAL ABBREVIATIONS
      • 8. MISCELLANEOUS ABBREVIATIONS
      • 9. SCRIPTURAL ABBREVIATIONS
      • 10. MONETARY SIGNS
      • 11. MATHEMATICAL SIGNS
      • 12. MEDICAL SIGNS
    • DATES
    • PROPER NAMES
    • TITLES
    • 6. COMMERCIAL ABBREVIATIONS
    • 7. GEOGRAPHICAL ABBREVIATIONS
    • 8. MISCELLANEOUS ABBREVIATIONS
    • 9. SCRIPTURAL ABBREVIATIONS
    • 10. MONETARY SIGNS
    • 11. MATHEMATICAL SIGNS
    • 12. MEDICAL SIGNS
    • NUMERALS
      • NUMERAL LETTERS
    • NUMERAL LETTERS
    • CORRECT AND FAULTY DICTION
    • LETTER WRITING
      • THE HEADING
      • THE ADDRESS
      • THE SALUTATION
      • THE TEXT OF THE LETTER
      • THE COMPLIMENTARY CLOSE
      • THE SIGNATURE
      • THE ENVELOPE
      • POSTAL CARDS
      • IN GENERAL
      • EXAMPLES OF CORRECT LETTER WRITING
        • 1. BUSINESS LETTER I
        • 2. BUSINESS LETTER II (reverse indention)
        • 3. INFORMAL OR FRIENDLY LETTER
        • 4. FORMAL SOCIAL NOTES
        • 5. FORMAL NOTE TO TRADESMAN
      • 1. BUSINESS LETTER I
      • 2. BUSINESS LETTER II (reverse indention)
      • 3. INFORMAL OR FRIENDLY LETTER
      • 4. FORMAL SOCIAL NOTES
      • 5. FORMAL NOTE TO TRADESMAN
    • THE HEADING
    • THE ADDRESS
    • THE SALUTATION
    • THE TEXT OF THE LETTER
    • THE COMPLIMENTARY CLOSE
    • THE SIGNATURE
    • THE ENVELOPE
    • POSTAL CARDS
    • IN GENERAL
    • EXAMPLES OF CORRECT LETTER WRITING
      • 1. BUSINESS LETTER I
      • 2. BUSINESS LETTER II (reverse indention)
      • 3. INFORMAL OR FRIENDLY LETTER
      • 4. FORMAL SOCIAL NOTES
      • 5. FORMAL NOTE TO TRADESMAN
    • 1. BUSINESS LETTER I
    • 2. BUSINESS LETTER II (reverse indention)
    • 3. INFORMAL OR FRIENDLY LETTER
    • 4. FORMAL SOCIAL NOTES
    • 5. FORMAL NOTE TO TRADESMAN
    • POSTAL REGULATIONS
      • CLASSES OF MAIL
      • WRAPPING OF MAIL MATTER
      • FORWARDING MAIL MATTER
      • WHAT CANNOT BE MAILED
      • CONCEALED MATTER
      • DOMESTIC RATES
      • FOREIGN RATES
        • Exceptions for Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and Republic of Panama
      • Exceptions for Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and Republic of Panama
      • FOREIGN PARCELS POST
      • MONEY ORDER FEES
        • Fees for International Money Orders
      • Fees for International Money Orders
      • REGISTERED MAIL
        • Domestic
        • Foreign
      • Domestic
      • Foreign
      • SPECIAL DELIVERY SYSTEM
      • POSTAL DISTANCES AND TIME FROM NEW YORK CITY
    • CLASSES OF MAIL
    • WRAPPING OF MAIL MATTER
    • FORWARDING MAIL MATTER
    • WHAT CANNOT BE MAILED
    • CONCEALED MATTER
    • DOMESTIC RATES
    • FOREIGN RATES
      • Exceptions for Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and Republic of Panama
    • Exceptions for Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and Republic of Panama
    • FOREIGN PARCELS POST
    • MONEY ORDER FEES
      • Fees for International Money Orders
    • Fees for International Money Orders
    • REGISTERED MAIL
      • Domestic
      • Foreign
    • Domestic
    • Foreign
    • SPECIAL DELIVERY SYSTEM
    • POSTAL DISTANCES AND TIME FROM NEW YORK CITY
    • APPENDIX
      • STANDARD TIME
      • FOREIGN COINS
      • COMPARATIVE THERMOMETERS
      • WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
        • THE METRIC SYSTEM
        • LINEAR MEASURE
        • SQUARE MEASURE
        • DRY MEASURE
        • LIQUID MEASURE
        • APOTHECARIES’ WEIGHT
        • AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT
        • TROY WEIGHT
        • PAPER MEASURE
        • TIME MEASURE
        • CIRCULAR MEASURE
        • CLOTH MEASURE
        • MARINERS’ MEASURE
        • MISCELLANEOUS
        • SURVEYORS’ MEASURE
        • CUBIC MEASURE
        • METRIC EQUIVALENTS
        • British Weights and Measures
        • ELECTRICAL MEASURES
        • MEASURES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
      • THE METRIC SYSTEM
      • LINEAR MEASURE
      • SQUARE MEASURE
      • DRY MEASURE
      • LIQUID MEASURE
      • APOTHECARIES’ WEIGHT
      • AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT
      • TROY WEIGHT
      • PAPER MEASURE
      • TIME MEASURE
      • CIRCULAR MEASURE
      • CLOTH MEASURE
      • MARINERS’ MEASURE
      • MISCELLANEOUS
      • SURVEYORS’ MEASURE
      • CUBIC MEASURE
      • METRIC EQUIVALENTS
      • British Weights and Measures
      • ELECTRICAL MEASURES
      • MEASURES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
      • TIME AND WATCH ON BOARD SHIP
      • PARCEL POST — TABLE OF RATES
    • STANDARD TIME
    • FOREIGN COINS
    • COMPARATIVE THERMOMETERS
    • WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
      • THE METRIC SYSTEM
      • LINEAR MEASURE
      • SQUARE MEASURE
      • DRY MEASURE
      • LIQUID MEASURE
      • APOTHECARIES’ WEIGHT
      • AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT
      • TROY WEIGHT
      • PAPER MEASURE
      • TIME MEASURE
      • CIRCULAR MEASURE
      • CLOTH MEASURE
      • MARINERS’ MEASURE
      • MISCELLANEOUS
      • SURVEYORS’ MEASURE
      • CUBIC MEASURE
      • METRIC EQUIVALENTS
      • British Weights and Measures
      • ELECTRICAL MEASURES
      • MEASURES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
    • THE METRIC SYSTEM
    • LINEAR MEASURE
    • SQUARE MEASURE
    • DRY MEASURE
    • LIQUID MEASURE
    • APOTHECARIES’ WEIGHT
    • AVOIRDUPOIS WEIGHT
    • TROY WEIGHT
    • PAPER MEASURE
    • TIME MEASURE
    • CIRCULAR MEASURE
    • CLOTH MEASURE
    • MARINERS’ MEASURE
    • MISCELLANEOUS
    • SURVEYORS’ MEASURE
    • CUBIC MEASURE
    • METRIC EQUIVALENTS
    • British Weights and Measures
    • ELECTRICAL MEASURES
    • MEASURES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
    • TIME AND WATCH ON BOARD SHIP
    • PARCEL POST — TABLE OF RATES
    • INDEX
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