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What’s with all the typos?

October 21, 2014 by in category Proofreading, Typos

Ever wondered why your work is littered with typos despite careful attention? “The reason typos get through isn’t because we’re stupid or careless, it’s because what we’re doing is actually very smart”, explains psychologist Tom Stafford, who studies typos of the University of Sheffield in the UK. “When you’re writing, you’re trying to convey meaning. […]

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Intercontinental luggage tag

September 21, 2014 by in category Typos
hotel-luggage-tag-SMALL

  Can you spot the error?  

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“Lost in Translation”

June 30, 2013 by in category Sign Language, Spell check

On the subject of errors in translation and proofreading, I came across this interesting blog post (www.thethinkingblog.com) about some amusing but costly translation errors. When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to have read, “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you.” The company thought that the word […]

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Why it pays to check your copy

June 29, 2013 by in category Blogging

One of my favourite blogs is on the Telegraph website.  “Sign Language” catalogues the best of sign language mishaps. From the funny to the downright rude, they encapsulate the reasons why a proofreader should be called in. Enjoy! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/signlanguage/10151127/The-best-of-Sign-Language-June-2013.html?frame=2580753

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Quote of the week – 25th June 2013

June 25, 2013 by in category Quote of the week

“The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is.” ~ August Wilson American playwright. Have a look at this website to find out more: http://www.augustwilson.net

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Geeky birthday present!

June 9, 2013 by in category Useful books

Learning how to write with military precision. This is serious stuff.

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Quote of the week – 8th June 2013

June 8, 2013 by in category Quote of the week

Bothered by long words? So is Winnie the Pooh. “For I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me.” ~ Winnie the Pooh  

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Einstein grew into a garrulous adult

June 7, 2013 by in category Useful books, Words

Garrulous (adj.) = too talkative, especially on matters that are unimportant. From the Latin word garrire: to chatter. e.g. Einstein’s parents at first thought he was retarded because he said nothing until the age of five; but Einstein grew into a garrulous adult.

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This month’s light reading

June 3, 2013 by in category Useful books, Words

A “saw it and thought of you” present from my mum. “How to Sound Clever: Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand…When You Don’t” by Hubert Van Den Bergh. The book intends to explain the etymology of 600 key words you really ought to know, but haven’t had the time to look up in […]

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