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Thank you to Aeryn Rudel for suggesting a new addition to my blog topics – weird hyphenated words!

‘Arsy-versy’ is an informal, primarily British English word. 25 more words


Mind You're Grammar - Part Deux (II)

Okay, my lovelies, it’s time for another “episode” of Mind You’re Your Grammar, from your indulgent “Grammar Nazi”! :-)

An apostrophe does not plurality – or possessive – make. 566 more words


'Till' is not a shortened form of 'until'

Till is not a shortened form of until. Till has actually been in use longer than until.

They are often interchangeable; they both mean ‘up to’ (a point in time or event). 50 more words


A Proofreader's Tips for Catching Typos

By Cecilia Lewis

As a professional proofreader, I have occasionally been asked if I have any tips for catching errors or typos. Over the years, I have tried a number of different tricks to catch small mistakes, whether in my work or in someone else’s. 769 more words


'Stationary' and 'stationery'

If I had a penny for every time I saw these mixed up, I would have a very heavy penny jar.

And I would get fed up of that face the cashiers at the bank pull when they see you are depositing lots of change.* 39 more words


'Definitely' and 'defiantly'

‘Defiantly’ is not the only misspelling of ‘definitely’. However, it is the one that I read most often – spellcheckers don’t point it out with a helpful wiggly red line. 23 more words


I am now on Royal Holloway's register of approved proofreaders

I am delighted to be able to say that I am now on Royal Holloway’s register of approved proofreaders!

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is located in Egham, Surrey. 114 more words