It is interesting that some widely used phrases have their origins in sport. Here are just a few of these. ‘Grand slam’ It refers to winning each group in a sporting major championship or matches in a sport in a […]
New words for autumn 2022
Collins have just announced the latest words to be added to their dictionary and the lead word, which just about sums up 2022, a truly momentous and awful year (certainly for some people). That word is “permacrisis”, which sums up […]
The benefits of space exploration
Space exploration may have been expensive, but it has brought many benefits to people back on Earth by way of new products and processes created.
How proofreading for book publishers has changed since the early days of my career
In the beginning I started my freelance career in the late 1980s when all proofreading for book publishers was on paper. Usually it involved reading the proofs – either page proofs or galley proofs (proofs on continuous rolls of paper […]
Proofreading for international students
The difficulties international students sometimes face with grammar when writing documents in the English language.
Should an editorial freelance choose a niche?
Choosing a niche will allow a freelance to target a certain client or market sector, and position themselves as an editorial expert in that industry. Is it as easy as that or are there drawbacks?
Astronomy: An additional specialist proofreading subject
I have recently added a specialist proofreading subject to those I handle: astronomy. Since I was a teenager I have had a deep interest in astronomy and space exploration. This was triggered by the Apollo 11 Moon landing placing the […]
What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
The difference between copyediting and proofreading: in many instances people will seek out proofreaders, while expecting copyediting skills. Often, people are not aware of the differences between the two disciplines. Some even assume they are the same thing. However, they […]
Students: How a proofreader can help you with your essay
Not all students are blessed with a command of perfect or exceptional English. Many international students, for whom English is a second (or perhaps even third) language find it difficult to express themselves in writing when compiling essays or other […]
Words that once meant something different
Words are constantly changing meaning, usually over long periods of time. We all learn to cope with it as words change meaning as long as words have existed. Some words that used to mean something very different are discussed below. Awful: […]
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