House style – Part 2

In part 1 I considered why a house style is necessary for a business – for reasons of consistency, brand identity, and economy. Here I will cover a few areas that should be considered based on UK English usage Writing a house style • Abbreviations, acronyms, and contractions: A common style for abbreviations is capital … Continue reading House style – Part 2

Humorous Winston Churchill quotations

The first section on politics is perhaps rather timely in view of the pending UK general election, and the comments are still quite accurate! On politics “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is … Continue reading Humorous Winston Churchill quotations

Celebrity quotations on whisky

In praise of whisky / whiskey I am rather partial to a drop of whisky now and again (whiskey if you are Irish or American) and I am not alone in enjoying some “liquid sunshine”. Some kindred spirits offer their thoughts. “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” (Last words of Humphrey Bogart, … Continue reading Celebrity quotations on whisky

Gravestone epitaphs: Poets and writers

I have often found the epitaphs on gravestones and tombs that go beyond the simple details of name, life span, and relationships more interesting, and sometimes poignant, when they cover details of their life and fame. Following are some of those for poets and writers. Joseph Conrad (Canterbury, England) Sleep after toyle, port after stormie … Continue reading Gravestone epitaphs: Poets and writers

Gravestone epitaphs: Entertainers

I have often found the epitaphs on gravestones and tombs that go beyond the simple details of name, life span, and relationships, more interesting, and sometimes poignant, when they cover details of their lives and fame. Following are some of those for entertainers – actors, singers, and entertainers. My favourite epitaph, and that of many … Continue reading Gravestone epitaphs: Entertainers

British monarchs defined by their nicknames

A nickname is “a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name” (Oxford English Dictionary). So what do the nicknames of past kings and queens of Britain say about them?

Quotations on motivation

What is motivation? We all need it in some form to tackle the humdrum of daily life, or to tackle problems and challenges thrown our way. I could say that I need motivation to accept the task of proofreading a 1400-page book on economics or accounting, as I have done in the past. The Oxford … Continue reading Quotations on motivation

“Good” is just mediocre: “Excellence” should be the goal

It is a general assumption that everyone, except perhaps the totally demotivated, will try to do their best in many tasks they tackle in life, whether it be on the domestic front (e.g. home do-it-yourself repairs), in the sporting arena, or challenges in their work life. In doing their best do they strive for excellence? … Continue reading “Good” is just mediocre: “Excellence” should be the goal

Preparing for proofreading

Following on from the benefits of proofreading there are several steps an author can take before submitting a document for proofreading to make the task faster and cheaper

Politicians can be humorous too

I have previously discussed witty quotations from Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. I now turn my attention to politicians from around the world – perhaps not the most likely source of humour.