Tag: spelling

05
Aug

What difference does a single letter make?

I’m surprised that people continue to argue about the need for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. If you’re in any doubt, try working as a proofreader.

28
Aug

Spelling bureaucrat

Don’t get tied up by the red tape of this B when tangling with a bureaucrat.

27
Aug

Spelling accommodate

It’s helpful to remember that both verb and noun forms accommodate two cs and two ms.

08
Jul

How to work with a proofreader

The client, a business, called to ask how much it would cost to proofread their client magazine.

04
Jul

Their, there, they’re!

Their or there or they’re?

They sound and look similar, but their meanings are different, so how do you know which one to use?

02
Jun

Comprise or comprise of?

When do you append ‘of’ to the verb ‘comprise’?

31
May

When the committee writes a document . . .

When the committee writes a document, the result is often a variety of inconsistent spellings, grammar and punctuation. The same phrase can be written three different ways on the same page, sometimes with capitals, sometimes without. Generally, it’s a mess.

15
Apr

Who needs structure?

‘Wilfing’, apparently, is the term that describes aimlessly surfing the web after forgetting what you were originally looking for and wasting hours online achieving nothing – ‘What Was I Looking For?’

26
Feb

The dependent dependant

Dependent or dependant?

They sound and look similar, but their meanings are different, so how do you know which one to use?

06
Feb

So what’s wrong with spellcheck?

Nothing. Honestly. Spellcheck can be very useful for skimming through and catching obvious spelling mistakes, but it’s not as good as a human being. Just like most technology, its specific uses are matched by its faults. And as long as you recognise its limitations, that’s fine.