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To compliment or complement?

April 24, 2013 by in category Words

Are you using the right word?  An advert for a hairdressing salon in the local paper included the sentence “this new package will compliment the existing range of services…”. Spell check won’t pick this up because both words are correctly spelt. If you get confused by the difference between compliment and complement, or if you’re unsure when to […]

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9 essential rules for correct capitalisation

March 27, 2013 by in category Capitalistion

Have You Noticed How Hard It Is To Read This Question? IS IT CLEARER WHEN I WRITE IN CAPITALS? Probably not. Whilst browsing Gumtree this week I was struck by the proliferation of adverts constructed entirely in capital letters. Capitals play an important part in English as they convey emotions and signify importance yet incorrect […]

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Bloggers: 5 things to do before you hit “publish”

March 27, 2013 by in category Blogging

I.        Double check your facts and figures. II.        Does it flow? Make sure your sentences and paragraphs are not too long and stick to the point. III.        Can you condense it any further? Quality, not quantity, is key to an engaging, interesting post. IV.        Is it easy on the eye? Use a readable font and […]

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49 errors spell check won’t pick up

March 27, 2013 by in category Spell check

A piece of work I recently reviewed contained a few examples of words that had not been picked up by spell check. According to Webster’s online dictionary, the most commonly misplaced words are there/their and affect/effect. Here are 49 reasons why you shouldn’t rely on spell check alone to review your work. These word pairs […]

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When is a typo (typographical error) more than a typo? A selection of the costliest typos in history

March 27, 2013 by in category Sign Language, Typos

We’ve all  been there haven’t we? An urgent piece of work needs to be signed off before going to the printers. It gets reviewed by whoever is available at the time. However, due to time constraints and lack of resource, we rarely dedicate enough time to proofread items before printing.  Low and behold, the item […]

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