We’re a full week into May and right in between the spring and summer. Seasonal press releases, ads, blogs, etc. are being published, so here are a few spring- and summer-related grammar tips to help you while you write your content:
- This Sunday, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day (not Mothers Day or Mothers’ Day).
- All seasons—spring, summer, fall and winter—are lowercase. Equinox or spring equinox also are lowercase.
- Memorial Day is a holiday, so the first letter in both words should be capitalized. If you have the day off, you might go to a barbecue (not barbeque, Bar-B-Q or BBQ).
- Daylight saving time already has passed for the season, but when it comes again in the fall, the written style remains the same—no capitalization, no hyphens and no plurals (it’s “saving,” not “savings”).
- Graduation season is here, so remember to use apostrophes in the general terms bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, etc. (no capitalization). However, the proper form is capitalized and does not have an apostrophe. For example, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science.
- If you’re going on a vacation, you’re a traveler who is traveling (one L, not two).
What are some other good seasonal writing tips! Share them with us in the comments!