Yearly Archives: 2016

Punctuation IV: Colons

Are you using colons correctly? This post should help you find out. When using colons, the most common pitfall is to confuse their use with that of semicolons (you can revise semicolons with our previous post, Punctuation I: The Semicolon).

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Posted in Proofreading/copy-editing, Punctuation

The word ‘Brexit’ is factually incorrect

This is more of a geographical than lexical post, but relates to a mistake that is made by writers, journalists, politicians and myriad others on a daily basis: ‘UK’, ‘Britain’ and ‘the British Isles’ are not interchangeable. In the wake

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Posted in Etymology, Geography, Proofreading/copy-editing, Vocabulary

How to use Find and Replace

When proofreading or editing in Microsoft Word, the Find and Replace feature can be an invaluable timesaving tool and assurance of consistency. If you’re not already using it, now is the time to start! What is Find and Replace? Most

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Posted in Grammar, Proofreading/copy-editing, Punctuation, Spelling, Style


This is something I find myself repeating day in, day out: The key is consistency. There are plenty of rules that must be followed in writing, but, at the same time, there are different styles that can be adopted but

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Posted in Capitalisation, Proofreading/copy-editing, Punctuation, Spelling, Style