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Misspellings 0

April 15, 2014

Common misspellings Here are a few of the most common misspellings that proofreaders have noted in the last year or so. The table below shows how the word should be spelt (British English), together with key points and some of … Continued

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Spell checkers? 0

April 14, 2014

Spell checkers – do we actually need correct spelling? At the Hay Festival in 2013, leading linguist David Crystal was quoted as saying that ‘irritating’ silent letters could become obsolete and that in 50 years’ time, silent letters will be … Continued

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Spelling – variants 0

April 14, 2014

Spelling – will ‘variants’ become accepted? Common spelling mistakes should be accepted into everyday use, not corrected, a lecturer has said. Ken Smith of Bucks New University says the most common mistakes should be accepted as ‘variant spellings’. He lists … Continued

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Pronunciation 0

March 28, 2014

Pronunciation – say it as you see it? Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn’t worry too much, she says, if their plans “go oar-y” after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged … Continued

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Translation projects 0

March 20, 2014

Translation projects – the rules When you approach a translation agency, they will need to know a number of words to be translated, the language combination, the source format, when you need the translation by and if necessary what format … Continued

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Six seconds 0

March 13, 2014

The first six seconds – how long you have to make an impression with your website. Poor spelling is costing the UK millions of pounds in lost revenue for internet businesses. An analysis of website figures shows that a single … Continued

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Money for old rope? 0

March 12, 2014

US$14,500,000.00 waiting for you – perhaps not! Many (if not all) of us will have received emails purporting to be from potential benefactors offering huge riches if only we would send them our personal (and confidential) information. Over the last … Continued

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Bad habits 0

March 12, 2014

  Spelling and grammar – breaking bad habits As Samuel Johnson once noted, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” It is amazing how consistently we repeat the exact … Continued

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Job applications – spelling and grammar 1

February 14, 2014

Three-quarters of employers would be put off a job candidate by poor spelling or grammar, a survey suggests.

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