Editing & Proofreading

15 Sep 2010

OUR “FIRST” OFFICIAL ENTRY

Congratulations to our first official (in other words, doesn’t work for us and is therefore qualified to win free stuff) grammar-fail photo entry.  Thanks to Very Married for this awesome example of unnecessary quotation marks. Very Married says:  “Two reasons this is awful:  First, if this is “water” then where is the real stuff?  Second, […]

10 Sep 2010
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THE WRITE BLOG’S GRAMMAR-FAIL CONTEST: WIN A $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE

Are you a grammar Nazi?  A stickler for punctuation?  Do you want a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate?  Do you want a free link back to your website? The Write Blog is happy to announce our first-ever bad grammar photo contest. We’re inviting all of our fellow readers, writers, word lovers, and grammar geeks to get […]

18 Aug 2010
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PRONUNCIATION OR PRONOUNCIATION?

The mysteries of pronunciation are solved! Not sure how to pronounce boson, dais, belfry, duchy, or denigrated? Check out the talking dictionary at howjsay.com. Sooo cool.

31 Jul 2010
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LOGIN OR LOG IN?

Surprise!  It’s both. Login is the noun.  Log in is the verb. So, you log in to your website using your login.  Got it? Have some more helpful writing tips?  We always love to hear them.

24 Jun 2010
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HYPHENATED OR NON-HYPHENATED?

Some punctuation rules are pretty clear. You know that a period belongs at the end of a sentence. Quotation marks go around direct quotes. Exclamation points, in general, don’t belong anywhere in your copy. But hyphen rules are not so clear cut (or is it clear-cut?). It seems that everybody has their own in-house “rules” […]

26 May 2010
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56 GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS FOR STUDENTS

This article is courtesy of OnlineDegree.net A great list of tips for anyone who does research online. Google has been around for ages, and if you’re just starting college, you’ve probably used the search engine for most of your academic life. But there’s more to the powerful search tool than just typing in keywords. Here […]

29 Apr 2010
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AP: GOODBYE “WEB SITE;” HELLO “WEBSITE”

Good news for all word nerds: The Associated Press has finally made the switch from the old-fashioned “Web site” to the simpler, more natural-looking “website.” Yay! To me, “Web site” has always seemed a little stuffy and English teacher-ish. Good for AP to know when it’s time to change things up. According to the AP’s […]

29 Jan 2010
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SIMPLE PROOFREADING PROCESS WITH A BIG NAME: RATIOCINATION

Thanks to Alise Isbell for contributing this wonderful post on a very interesting proofreading method. You’re bound to catch more errors if you do this! Ratiocination is a miracle that changed the way I write and edit. While not a professional writer, my company trains people how to write more effectively, and ratiocination helps. Webster’s […]

26 Jan 2010
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EIGHT PROOFREADING MISTAKES THAT COUNT!

How’s this for a proofreading horror story: Because of a teeny little typo, people calling for a free cab service on New Year’s Eve ended up connecting with an “adult” chat line instead. Oops. That’s the kind of mistake that most likely ends in a lost client and a very, very unhappy boss. Proofreading is […]

11 Jan 2010
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TEN WORDS TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL IN 2010

Make any resolutions this year? I’m going to propose you make one more: Polish your emails. Write flawless notes. Look smarter. Check out this hilarious cartoon on The Oatmeal’s site, Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling. It outlines some of the most commonly misspelled words (and yes, even the best of us make these […]