Tuesday, October 26, 2004


Recycled from last year: Halloween style reminders.

Halloween is always capitalized. (It's short for All Hallow Even, or All Hallows Eve, and is sometimes written Hallowe'en. But not in newspapers.)

Trick or treat is the noun. It's hyphenated for the verb and trick-or-treater.

Jack-o'-lantern has an apostrophe after the O. Note the two hyphens.

Don't forget: Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster.

Bats are mammals, not rodents.

There will be a full moon Wednesday (Oct. 27). That's not Halloween.

Lowercase devil, but capitalize Satan and Lucifer.

Now, is it candy apples or candied apples? I like candied, but I think candy is winning out over time. It's definitely candy corn.

And waxed lips means something entirely different from wax lips.

Any more?


At 3:13 AM, October 27, 2004, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

I have my own system for classifying holidays. There are three basic types:

1. Sugar holidays.
2. Drinking holidays.
3. Tacky-plastic-shit-hanging-from-a-tree-in-the-front-yard holidays.

There is some overlap, of course.

At 4:28 PM, October 27, 2004, Blogger Bill said...

I just read a spirited defense of referring to the monster as Frankenstein. If I didn't have Old-Timers' Disease, I'd be able to tell you where.

At 4:47 PM, October 27, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garner says references to the monster as Frankenstein "must be accepted as standard."

At 5:36 PM, October 27, 2004, Blogger Bill said...

Garner! That was it. Now, is "Garner" acceptable in references to both the man and the book?

At 8:38 PM, October 04, 2006, Anonymous Faz said...

Thanks, my wife, uh, who is a teacher, wasn't sure if Halloween is capitalized.

At 11:15 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Greta said...

“Candied apples” would be apples preserved with sugar in the way fruit is preserved for use in fruitcakes (although I’ve never heard of anyone doing such a thing), since that fruit is candied fruit. The apples you mention I call “caramel apples”.

At 8:21 AM, May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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