Posted by: Leigh Ann Otte | 02/13/10

How to punctuate bulleted lists: a lesson in questionable writing

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  1. Hi, Leigh Ann. I found your blog through the thread on LinkedIn about leaving blog comments. Don’t worry, I wasn’t guilted into stopping by!

    I did your survey, and to be truthful, I couldn’t really decide which kind of writing I prefer reading about. So I randomly chose “nonfiction book.” Guess it just depends on my frame of mind at the moment.

    • Hi, Karen. Thank you for stopping by–whatever the reason. Ha! And thank you for taking the survey. I appreciate it!

  2. Hah. I always wonder if I should punctuate the end of my bullets. But I tend to just randomly use periods to bug all of the perfectionists. My writing tends to be all about the content, but I also strive to drive perfectionists crazy. It’s kind of fun.

    This is a nice blog you are doing here. Keep it up.

    • Ha ha! Yes, using periods randomly will drive the perfectionists crazy. Bravo for accomplishing your goal with gusto. 🙂

      Thank you very much for the compliment. I really appreciate the feedback.

  3. Thanks, James. I’m glad you liked it.

  4. Great advice. We doctors tend to be a little perfectionist.

    • The word is “perfectionistic.” It’s a predicate adjective describing “doctors”. Sorry, but this is a pet peeve of mine. American English is dropping adverb endings and forgetting things like the suffixes that make a noun like “perfectionist” into a descriptive word like “perfectionistic”. Common adverb examaple: “I did it perfect.” Correct English, “I did it perfectly.” Even newscasters are dropping their ly endings these days. Where, oh where have our grammar skills gone?

      • I love a good grammar reminder. Thanks, rogueresearcher1. I do, however, appreciate the irony: this post was about feeling free not to be perfect, and James gets called out on not being perfect!

        I want to get across the idea here that creativity is more important than being grammatically perfect. The latter is what editors are for. And even we get it wrong sometimes.

        I’m grateful to anyone who comments on this blog. So thanks to both of you. You help illustrate the very point of my post! How cool!

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