Proofreading resolutions for 2017

I do not usually make resolutions for a new year, but I think this year I will do (with tongue very much in cheek) if only to save mental stress. I will not rant at the television when I spot spelling mistakes in captions accompanying news items, such as someone’s name, which is clearly wrong … Continue reading Proofreading resolutions for 2017

Tips for writers: Which spellings to use: -ise or -ize? -yse or -yze?

Have you ever wondered why some books use -ise spellings , such as organisation, while others use the spelling organization? Usually, this is not merely an author's whim but follows a recognized spelling style. In British-style books many verbs that end in -ise can also be spelt with an -ize ending: for instance, organise and … Continue reading Tips for writers: Which spellings to use: -ise or -ize? -yse or -yze?

Tips for writers: Using Find and Replace in Microsoft Word

The Find tool in Microsoft Word is a useful and powerful instrument but can cause difficulties when used in conjunction with the Replace tool without caution. Imagine this situation:  I have been proofreading a document and I have just noticed that a fictitious town name that was earlier spelt as New Hampton is now appearing … Continue reading Tips for writers: Using Find and Replace in Microsoft Word

Confused words: Principal or principle?

This confusion is also something I see frequently while proofreading. In fact, I have just completed proofreading an article where it was spelled correctly only once out of twelve incidences of the word over two pages! Principal is a noun meaning ‘chief’ or ‘most important’ person, such as in ‘the principal [head teacher] of the … Continue reading Confused words: Principal or principle?