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July 2018

Dear Scrivener

The Scrivener

By Elizabeth Scott Moïse

SC Lawyer

Reprinted with permission from the S.C. Bar. The article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of SC Lawyer Magazine.

When I was little, I used to watch “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” on TV. My favorite part—well, other than watching Boris and Natasha get ruined time and again by “Moose & Squirrel”—was Mr. Know-It All. In that segment, Bullwinkle J. Moose would dress up and give pompous advice on a variety of subjects. Even the simplest topics, such as “how to catch a bee” and “how to avoid tipping a waiter,” always ended in disaster. Moose never had the right answer.

I get a lot of questions by e-mail, mail, and telephone, and like Bullwinkle, I like to dress up and give advice on random subjects. Sometimes, such as when I mess up and let a typo slip in or I irritate a librarian, I have a disaster. I will try to avoid disasters today and just stick to answering what I know: no bees, no waiters, just questions about writing.