Punctuation: No colons after prepositions

July 17, 2008: Issue 248

There’s no need for a colon between a preposition and its object, even when the object is a phone number or a Web address.

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Winners: We couldn’t break the tie. They both refused to budge from scissors. So we’re declaring Lacey Howard and Elizabeth Tisinger cochampions of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Each wins a commemorative snow globe.

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