Here's a fun fact: there's actually a difference between "blond" and "blonde. And the distinction between the two words is something every good editor and proofreader should know. Plainly, a blond is a fair-haired male, and a blonde is a fair-haired female. "Blond" is the most common between the two versions and is used as an … Continue reading Blond vs. Blonde
Here's a short one for you! Is it toward or towards? Are you walking toward or towards something? Well, technically, there's nothing wrong with using both. "Toward" is most common in American English and "towards" in British English. -E
This week I found myself going back and forth on how to correctly address a business entity in text while working on a project. It was late, I was tired, my mind was playing tricks on me. A business is run by a group of people so the pronoun should be they! I thought to myself. … Continue reading How to Correctly Use Pronouns
Dieing: an imaginary word often used to represent the word, "dying" or worse, "dyeing". The only time it's a real word is when a machinist or die maker uses it. Want to know what a die maker is? Start here. Dyeing: to add color or change the color of something. Dying: to be on the … Continue reading Are You Dying or Dieing?
"Lie" and "lay" may be the most confusing words in the world for writers. As an editor, I see the confusion all the time. I even double check myself sometimes! I hate these words but there's no way around it. Here's how I get it right: I use a chart! I Want to say Present … Continue reading Lay Vs. Lie
Italics: those beautifully slanted words that a lot of people forget to use or overuse. When do you italicize words without the mumbo jumbo? To emphasis a word or expression. "I was not there, no matter what she says!" Foreign words. Perhaps your character is in another country and you want to make it feel more … Continue reading The Art of Italics
It's just another one of those confusing words, dear writer. And another reason why math and science people hate lovers of English. Sometimes the words and rules just don't make any sense do they! Don't think I don't know your pain. In fact, I'm the designer of the "Why English is so Hard" print. But … Continue reading Bear vs. Bare: This is a Bear
If you don't know yet, I'm a proofreader and editor by trade. That means I've come across numerous essays, book manuscripts, business documents, and media content. I've proofread and edited my way through some pretty interesting--some pretty dense-- bodies of work. I've enjoyed it all, but, I've noticed that many don't really know how to use … Continue reading How to Use Hyphens