How and Why to Make your Lists Parallel (And what does parallel mean?)

In an earlier post, I looked at how to punctuate bulleted lists.  And I promised to address another important rule for bulleted lists: Write parallel lists. What exactly does that mean? Writing parallel lists simply means that each item in the list has the same structure. To be parallel, each item in the list might […]


Punctuating Bulleted Lists

When USA Today popularized the use of bulleted lists in the early 1980s, I was not a fan.  I railed about the newspaper reducing everything—no matter how complex—to a set of bullet points. What I saw then as a vice, I later realized was a virtue.  Bullets let a writer simplify information and present it […]