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  • Common Myths About Proofreaders, Debunked

    When you envision a proofreader reviewing your writing, what do you see? Do you see a person wearing a pair of coke-bottle glasses and an oversized sweater hunched over a stack of papers? Does he have a giant red pen in his hand and a condescending glare in his eye, a smirk on his face, just ready to tear your work to shreds? Is she setting out to edit your work until it fits her idea...

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  • Can You Pass This High School English Test?

    Remember the stress of English tests in school? Not only were they timed, but it was nearly impossible to know exactly what to study. Whether it was long passages and reading comprehension questions, sentence diagramming, or this word is to this word as that word is to that word, it seemed like no matter what you spent hours hammering into your brain, the teacher would decide to throw ...

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • How to Turn a Formal Email into an Effective Email

    Remember when all formal correspondence started with To Whom It May Concern? These days, if you receive an email with that as the opener, you’re more likely to send it straight to the trash. The days of proper letters have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should use loose, casual language and expect to get what you want. A formal email is not the same as an effective email, bu...

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  • Are Formal Lines Becoming Blurred in Business Writing?

      "Casual Fridays" and Ping Pong™ tables in the break room aren't the only relaxed things about businesses these days. Businesses have also become a lot more relaxed in their writing, and formal lines seem to be more blurred now. Below are some examples of how formal lines in business writing have become more blurred, with pros and cons for each.

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  • How to Know When to Use a Hyphen

      Don’t believe what you’ve heard or seen. The hyphen is not dead. Its use has been declining, but mostly in the realm of joining common nouns. In 2007, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary eliminated hyphens from 16,000 entries. Bumble-bee became bumblebee, science books mention test tube instead of test-tube, and cry-baby joined to form one word. The first recorded hyphen showed u...

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Grammar Rules You Can and Should Break in Your Marketing Copy

      As a writer and a professional, you should always strive to be grammatically correct. However, there are times when it’s less important to follow strict grammar rules and more important to connect with your audience. Especially when you’re attempting to inform or persuade an audience about an idea or product. You can’t truly connect with your audience if you aren’t speaking their l...

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  • How to Write About Yourself for Bios and Profiles

    If most people’s No. 1 fear is speaking in public, and dying is their second biggest fear, then their third biggest fear must be writing about themselves. Or maybe it just feels that way when the assignment of writing a bio comes up. These days, it’s common to be asked for a blurb about your personal history for websites, apps, conference materials, etc. Ultimately, the point of a bio...

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  • Punctuation in the 21st Century: What You Need to Know

      A Very Brief History of Punctuation Did you know that some early Greek and Latin texts lacked any punctuation whatsoever? There often weren't even distinct line breaks or paragraphs either. It was up to the reader or orator to figure it out. Can you imagine reading dense philosophy or a mathematics lesson without the information being separated into paragraphs with sentences? Yikes...

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  • In Celebration of Groundhog Day - Redundant Phrases

      Tomorrow marks the official day when furry little Punxsutawney Phil supposedly forecasts the arrival of the spring season. But for some movie enthusiasts and Bill Murray fans, Groundhog Day refers to something entirely different. That something is a 1993 cult classic movie where Murray’s character finds himself repeating the same day over and over. To celebrate, we’ve pulled togethe...

  • A Request: Write Legal Documents in Plain English

      Professionals outside and inside the legal field complain about long and confusing documents. Everyone is occasionally guilty of looking at a lease agreement or a business contract with a bewildered expression while uttering the phrase, "Huh?" If you believe that the practice of writing legal documents as if they are boring court dockets from the 18th century must end, you are not ...

  • Easily Confused Words - Answers to Last Week's Quiz

      Still feeling exhausted from last week’s exhausting quiz featuring an exhaustive list of easily confused words? Then we’ll get right to the answers! But first, congratulations to Holly Hammond who was the first person to answer all questions correctly. Holly wins a $25 Amazon gift card. This quiz stumped 91% of those who answered. 9% of respondents correctly answered all ten questi...

  • Quiz: Easily Confused Words

      We’re not sure if this quiz will give you anxiety or angst, or both, or just one, or neither…? That’s the beauty of the English language – words that look alike, sound alike, and sort of mean the same thing, but not at all. This quiz features easily confused words that when swapped for each other can lead to confusion and embarrassment.

  • Fun Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills in 2017

      If one of your New Year's resolutions is to improve your writing skills, you won't need to roll out of bed by 5 a.m. to go to your local gym. You can keep this resolution anywhere. Like any resolution that's worth keeping, improving your writing skills will take some effort. The good news is that it doesn't need to be cumbersome. Learning how to write well takes practice. Learning ...

  • Embarrassing Grammar Errors in 2016

    All of us made grammar mistakes in 2016, whether we realized and corrected them immediately or still have no idea about them. But for those writers that publish their work in a public forum or those unfortunate souls whose mistakes get passed around on the internet until thousands of people are laughing, these mistakes made for some of the best grammar gaffes this year.

  • Fact Checking the Story of Christmas

      According to Pew Research, 92% of Americans claim to celebrate Christmas. And many of them believe that the story of Christmas is historically accurate, regardless of their religious affiliation. So, whether you prefer to say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Kwanzaa” or simply “Happy Holidays,” you likely share some of the same traditions as most Americans, as well as 2 b...

  • Five Ways Technology Can Hurt Your Writing and What to Do About It

      As integral as technology is to the writing process, it's important to be aware of its common pitfalls and limitations, regardless of what you're writing. Review the list below for five ways technology can hurt your writing, and solutions for how to avoid these pitfalls.

  • 16-ACROSS or 27-DOWN: Answers to Last Week's Quiz

      Let’s see if you’re ready to pick up the Saturday New York Times and conquer every single clue. There were 20% of you who correctly answered all of the questions in last week’s quiz, but Barbara Poole earns bragging rights for being the first to submit her quiz answers and getting them all correct. Very impressive. Here are the correct responses and explanations, so the next time s...

  • Quiz: What's Another Word for ... ?

      It’s the most wonderful time of year to cozy up and conquer a crossword puzzle. While combing through the clues, you may often find yourself asking aloud, “What’s another word for … ?”

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • What Do Typos Say About You?

    Professional proofreaders tend to focus on formal documents: books, news and feature articles, marketing copy, legal contracts, et cetera. But (as far as we know) nobody pays a proofreader to check their personal or work emails. They’re usually composed on the fly and sent without so much as a once-over. Because the brain tends to focus on concepts rather than details when you’re writi...

  • Who or Whom? Get It Right Every Time with These 3 Tricks

    Whether to use who or whom confounds a lot of people. The basic rule is easy enough, but even the most seasoned editors and writers can stumble over sentences like the following: Think about who you want to cover and who is eligible for coverage. Part of the problem is that the sentence sounds perfectly natural. And in fact, in everyday conversation, it’s fine. But in more formal con...

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Generated 7 months ago

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Generated 7 months ago

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