Abbreviations, contractions, and acronyms are ways of shortening a word or phrase but sometimes can be confusing for a novice writer. I will take each one briefly in turn.
During proofreading I frequently come across some words that have been confused time and again. This is the first part of an occasional series looking at a few examples and … Continue Reading Confused words: A to C
Slang where words are replaced by a words or phrases with which they rhyme.
Sexist language refers to words, terms, or usages that discriminate against or exclude either of the sexes, and that assume maleness, or even femaleness is the standard.
Despite many years of feminist campaigners and attempts to raise awareness of the use of sexist language, it still widely exists in modern life.
At first glance by the layperson the terms collective nouns and mass nouns might appear to be the same, but there are differences.
There are several myths about English grammar and typography that are widely held but have little or no validity. A few are discussed here.
I am sorry if you were expecting a discussion about a favourite foodstuff. I am going to talk about another kind of waffle – writing in a lengthy, vague, … Continue Reading Tips for writers: How to cut the waffle
You might be forgiven for thinking that proofreading is proofreading – there are no variances in style or intensity. The proofreader would read through for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and other … Continue Reading Levels of proofreading
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) does not generally add new words into the printed dictionary until they have had some time to become established. In the meantime they are added … Continue Reading New words
(The following is reproduced from a blog I published in October 2014 on a different host site.) Textese is a form of written language that is used in short text … Continue Reading Textese (or text-ese)
Upspeak (or uptalk) is the term for speaking with a rising intonation towards the end of a sentence where a person makes a question out of a sentence that is … Continue Reading Upspeak