About Proof That

proof-that-blog-logoMy name is Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP.  I am a legal secretary with a paralegal degree who has been in the industry for over 30 years and I am passionate about error-free work product. I became affectionately known as the “Grammar Bitch” after I had studied for my NALS certification exams and started correcting everyone’s work. They balked a little in the beginning, but they started trusting me. As time has passed, they don’t even balk anymore, they just let me change it without question. However, the “term of endearment” has stuck.

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11 Responses to About Proof That

  1. Dee says:

    So proud of you Kathy!

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  3. Beverly says:

    On your capitalization page, the “Yellow Pages”, on the description, the last word is section, but you have it spelled secction, you might want to fix that.

    • azsieck@msn.com says:

      It’s fixed and it’s hard to believe others didn’t catch that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. Beverly says:

    I would like to have more information on capitalization in legal documents. I have begun working for an attorney and really need to have some direction in this matter.

    Thank you.

  5. Susan Barrett says:

    Delighted to find Proofthatblog while researching why Sheetrock is always capitalized. I’m 72, a retired school secretary, with imperfect but above average spelling and language/grammar skills. My tallest soapbox issue is use of I or me when joined with another proper noun or pronoun. I’m truly dismayed at how few people take away the other person and say the sentence with I or me. Oh, well. Which of ever my English teachers taught us that fifty plus years ago, I remain grateful. You know I’ll be visiting you again. 🙂 Gosh, my edit and insert of “dismayed” didn’t look quite correct. Forgive me if necessary; my dictionary didn’t show past tense.

  6. Christopher Clark says:

    I really loved being able to speak with you at the conference. Grammar is a large part of my life, and I enjoy learning as much as I can about it. One thing that you really hit on during your seminar was that consistency is important. I agree with you 100%. One instance of these can be with commas in putting items in a sequence. If you first state: bed, breakfast, and toast; then, the next time you have a list of items, make sure to put the comma before and. I review the newsletter that comes out every month at my work, and the one thing that really seems to constantly stand out in the paper is inconsistency. I always go up to my boss and tell her, “You had the grammar correct in this paragraph. Why did you decide to switch it up in this one?” Well I just wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope to read more amazing grammatical posts soon!

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