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'Less than ten items' is not wrong

I have already written about when to use fewer and less but I would like to address this phrase specifically:

Less than ten items.

Many people don’t like it – they insist that it should be… 217 more words


'Sail' and 'sale'

Sail and sale are homophones. I suspect incorrect usage usually occurs by accident or because the writer is more familiar with one word than the other. 100 more words


Happy Labor Day - Save Some Labor

First of all, happy Labor Day!

This is a quick post about a new service I’m offering: proofreading writers’ manuscripts. For only $10 per 1,000 words (so, for example, $250 for a 25,000 word short story collection), you can get your self-published (or attempting to be traditionally published, your call) manuscript completely free of errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, formatting, and consistency. 41 more words


'Vial' and 'vile'

This post is inspired by my cat. I have several vials of insulin in the fridge for him; they are currently of no use because he is now an ex-diabetic cat. 49 more words


I love proofreading!

One of the things I love about being a stay-at-home mum, rather than having your usual 9-5 day job, is that I can now concentrate on the things I’m passionate about and one of them is proofreading. 76 more words


'Mail' and 'male'

This week marks a return to homophones. I find that male is occasionally used when mail would be appropriate. I have borrowed one of the definitions below because I don’t think I can explain it more succinctly. 104 more words


'Despatch' or 'dispatch'?

This post is a little different from my usual notes on commonly confused words. Some writers worry about whether they should use despatch or dispatch… 176 more words