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Practice makes perfect

Proofreaders find many different errors in documents (thankfully, or we’d be out of a job!). However, some are much more common than others, and one that we seem to see time and time again is the word ‘practice’ – or

Posted in Proofreading/copy-editing, Spelling, Vocabulary

‘I before E except after C’ – techniques for remembering tricky spellings

It may have the olde-worlde ring of a quaint but questionable proverb, and has indeed been much maligned in recent years, but there’s more truth to this well-known rule than initially meets the eye (or E). Here, we take a

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Who is Hugh Jackilometresan? – The Dangers of Find and Replace

Players of Trivial Pursuit have been amused and baffled in recent years by the inclusion of a question about that well-known Australian actor Hugh Jackilometresan. Find and replace the space In a previous blog post, we sang the praises of

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You spell it potarto, I spell it potayto…

Although it is not certain who was the first to describe the USA and the UK as ‘two countries divided by a common language’, there is no doubt they were right when it came to spelling. The many subtle differences

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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