Grammar

the definition of absolutism

Dictionary.com Unabridged<br>Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.<p>Examples from the Web for absolutismExpand<p>British Dictionary …

Books

A Guide on Book Title Punctuation – Breaking Commas and Other Stories

For the trained eyes, there is nothing more annoying than looking at a book which is just one letter away from perfect. It is possible that you have …

Publishing

8 punctuation mistakes that make you look dumb

Punctuation is so boring, right? Who cares about those pesky commas, periods, and exclamation points?<p>In the business world, they matter. A lot.<p>Sloppy punctuation can undercut your intelligence and make people question your ability. Sad but true.<p>Here are eight punctuation mistakes to avoid. Your …

4 Useful WordPress Grammar and Spelling Check Tools For Error-Free Writing

As a blogger, there are many situations when you might feel embarrassed. Maybe your topic wasn’t trending, or the information you offer is not up to …

Web Design

8 ways PR pros can write outstanding press releases | Articles | Writing & Editing

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in June 2016.</i> <br>Something exciting happened at your company—and you want everyone to know about …

Writing

The Most Important Words Used in Information Technology

Here is a list of some of the most important English vocabulary items for the information technology industry. This selection of vocabulary is based …

IT

This Sentence Could Tell a Lot About You’re Personality

Are you known among your friends and family as the “Grammar Police”? Do you judge others’ Facebook statuses and Instagram captions on grammar, …

Personality

Me Write Pretty One Day: Why Purple Prose Kills the Clarity of Your Content

Who remembers the book from almost two decades ago, <i>Me Talk Pretty One Day</i> by David Sedaris? Great stuff, that. The title always reminds me of …

Writing

Handsworth Grammar School gives parents and kids chance to see its class

An event on Thursday (June 22) will reveal once again that Handsworth Grammar School continues to go from strength to strength, as the results of its …

Education

12 words you're probably mispronouncing

The English language is hard. But sometimes people just flat out mispronounce words.<p>Take a look, for example, at the 11 words below. We bolded the emphasized syllable and included links for audio (click the word to listen).<p>While some words have multiple acceptable pronunciations, the audio links …

Real Estate Agent

7 AP style changes for clear, concise PR copy

It’s no longer only specialists who speak the language of data.On May 31, AP Stylebook released its latest edition, which includes roughly 200 new or …

Public Relations

The official-ish Love Island dictionary: here's what all the Island lingo means

Including melt, pied off and grafting<p>If you’ve been watching this year’s series of <i>Love Island</i> and saying to yourself, “What the hell are these clowns talking about?” then you may be in the market for a <i>Love Island</i> dictionary.<p>This official (and by 'official' I mean 100% unofficial) dictionary is your …

Love Island

7 words we all secretly aren’t sure how to pronounce (and how to pronounce them)

The English language is both a beautiful thing and a massive pain, with a cavalcade of confusing words. One of the most difficult challenges is that …

Language

Want to Be as Famous as Google and Uber? Turn Your Brand From a Noun Into a Verb

How to turn your business from a noun to a verb and be a standout in your field.<p>Years ago I went to visit some friends who lived in South Lake Tahoe. As I came over the crest of the hill, the panoramic view opened up before me. White snowy mountains, a deep blue lake, and crisp green pine trees--I …

The Bell Tolls for ‘Whom’

As the word is increasingly neglected and scorned in popular culture, die-hard grammarians fight to save it; the ‘Whom Appreciation Society’<p>When Twitter users open their home pages, they are greeted by an inset box at the top of the screen in which three words appear in gray type: “Who to …

What it’s really like to mark a GCSE or A-level exam.

<b>Every summer results day gives rise to a raft of headlines about the number of students who have to appeal because of inaccurate marking – though</b> …

Teaching

The Bell Tolls for 'Whom'

When Twitter users open their home pages, they are greeted by an inset box at the top of the screen in which three words appear in gray type: “Who to follow.”<p>Correct grammar? Certainly not.<p>Plenty of Twitter users, including members of the blue-checkmarked elite, have complained about that …

Language

Exclamation points are the answer to friendlier work emails

We have already covered the difficult question of how to use emojis in the workplace. Now I will be leading you through an advanced course on whether …

The Workplace

15 words that will always be incredibly hard to spell

English is hard, guys. It’s often called one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. Even if it’s your first language, English still …

Language

SPaG – Why Are Some Teachers Lacking Confidence When Teaching Primary Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar

<p><strong>While I can recall being taught spelling and some punctuation at my primary school, I can’t remember being taught grammar at …

Education

After Years Of Restraint, A Linguist Says 'Yes!' To The Exclamation Point

The only literary work about punctuation I'm aware of is an odd early story by Anton Chekhov called "The Exclamation Mark." After getting into an argument with a colleague about punctuation, a school inspector named Yefim Perekladin asks his wife what an exclamation point is for. She tells him it …

Lifestyle (Canada)

the definition of totalitarianism

Dictionary.com Unabridged<br>Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.<p>Examples from the Web for totalitarianismExpand<p>Word Origin …

Books

10 tools to help you improve your English writing skills

• Basic Journalism<br>• Digital Journalism<br>• Writing and Editing<br>Brush up on your English-language writing skills with these 10 free or almost-free tools.• Read …

Writing

A Story of Grammar

Those of us — poets, fiction writers, literary essayists — who consider our work with language to amount to art often have a strange relationship …

Why and how to set editorial guidelines for your blog

Virtually every content marketing program involves a blog.<p>It’s worth taking the time to create (or borrow) the one thing that makes all future …

Digital Marketing

Tory plans for new grammar schools to be halted after election failure, senior MP says

Theresa May’s plan to open new grammar schools across the UK is unlikely to be implemented after she failed to secure a parliamentary majority, a …

Brexit

Take This ‘90s Quiz And Boyz II Men Will Tell You Your Biggest Pet Peeve

Take this totally rad quiz, and Boyz II Men will guess what really gets on your nerves. For more musical stylings and Bad Newz from the Boyz, click here.<p>Photos, unless noted, from iStock and design by Laura Hoerner.<p>Now that wasn’t too horrible, right? That’s because if you’re Boyz II Men, you make …

Writers Often Misuse “Due To,” But Here’s a Simple Trick to Know if It’s Grammatically Correct

The misuse of “due to” is one of the more common grammatical errors, usually made by those attempting to sound formal or professional, such as in the …

Oxford Dictionary

How to Correct Writers with Grace.

This post was inspired by numerous discussions among writers who often disagree on the subject of having their typos or mistakes corrected by their …

Authors

You're (Probably) Saying It Wrong

Photo: scanrail<p>English is hard to spell. Nevertheless, most of us get by with a combination of some basic phonetics, habits from school, and …

Language