An Update on Using Commas with Etc.

At paragraph 6.20, the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style notes that the abbreviation etc. (et cetera, literally “and others of the same kind”) and such equivalents as and so forth and and the like are preceded by a comma. In a slight departure from previous editions of CMOS, such expressions are

New! Free! Official Turabian/Chicago Style Paper-Formatting Tip Sheets

Today we’re celebrating the new 9th edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations with a free resource for students, teachers, librarians, and anyone else writing a paper in Chicago style. These free, printable, downloadable PDF paper-writing tip sheets illustrate everything you need to know for formatting a paper in Turabian (Chicago) style. They are fully compatible with The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.).

Can This Not Help But Be a Double Negative?

Double negatives come in many flavors in addition to the familiar “we didn’t find no money” type. Our friends at the website Language Log keep an archive of documented cases of “misnegation,” featuring popular head-scratchers like “I can’t help but not be X,” “I don’t doubt