Change – the only constant (Part 2)

As we wrote last month, change is constant. Not only vocabulary, but grammar and punctuation also change, albeit quite slowly.   Part 2: Grammar Changes in grammar “rules” evolve fairly slowly over time. How much grammar use has changed since you learned the basics at school will largely depend on how old you are. In fact, it likely depends how old you are as to whether you were even taught the basic grammar rules at school at all! A whole generation seems to have fallen through the cracks during a widespread trend in the 70s and 80s to omit any formal teaching of grammar, due to the belief that focusing on correct grammar would destroy children’s creativity and willingness to write. Despite this, most reasonably educated people of that generation still speak and wri ...

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Change – the only constant

Change. It happens constantly, whether we like it or not. As we reach the middle of February, we are already, in some places, seeing signs of winter finally turning towards spring. The seasons change year after year – nothing can stop this change. At the same time, the way we work has changed for many of us, and will continue to do so in a way few of us would have visualized this time last year. Many of us are working from home, others are in workplaces that have physically changed beyond recognition.     Those of us who work with language, as writers and editors, are also faced with constantly changing vocabulary and grammar and punctuation rules. It can be difficult to keep up and to know what is acceptable in formal writing and what is not. Style guides change their reco ...

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Let’s Make 2021 Better

This year, there is a definite move to abandon New Year’s resolutions in favour of New Year’s intentions. The idea is that resolutions are far too difficult to maintain and – given the stresses of the extraordinary year that has just ended – we should be kinder to ourselves and focus on general intentions rather than specific goals. So, what are your intentions for your business in the coming year? We have three suggestions:   Remain open to change; innovation may make the difference between survival and failure.   Many small businesses have had to turn on a dime in the past year and come up with innovative ways to change their business model and adapt to conducting business in a pandemic. Despite this, many will still suffer grievous losses as global lockdowns dispro ...

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