Time to Ditch the Ampersand!
Most editors have a – short(?)- list of pet peeves. One of mine is the indiscriminate use of the ampersand. The wretched & that is too often used to replace the actual word – and. Don’t get me wrong, there are legitimate uses for the ampersand. Use the ampersand when it is part of… Continue reading
3 Problems Facing Those Who Work From Home
Do you run a business from your home office? Are you a freelancer? Consultant? Tutor? Music teacher? Craftsperson? Translator? Baker? Artist? Author?…. The list is almost endless. Given real estate prices in major cities and the costs and time involved in long commutes, more and more people – who have that option – are choosing to… Continue reading
It’s All About Clarity: 5 ways grammar errors can cause confusion
Find grammar nerds annoying? You’re not alone. Reasons for being ‘anti-grammar’ range from a strong dislike of being corrected through a dislike of people we consider ‘nit-picky’ to a feeling that obsessing over grammar stymies the creative flow. In all fairness, these are all reasonably valid reasons. Unfortunately, as an editor, it’s the errors in… Continue reading
How Green is Your Workspace?
As we get into the second half of the year and relax into summer, we thought we’d take a break from grammar and punctuation tips and focus on a different topic. , How green is your workspace? As climate change no longer looms as a future disaster (because, of course, it’s here right now with many countries feeling devastating effects… Continue reading
Literally Getting it Right
We’ve all read it and cringed at some point: I literally died when I saw him. I have literally nothing to wear. It rained literally every day for a month. Okay, so maybe – just maybe – if you live in a monsoon climate, the last one might be true; however, more likely it’s simply… Continue reading