Blog Category: spelling

26th March

Word play: imputer or inputter?

WHEN WE WRITE down a word based on how it sounds, there is ample opportunity to make a spelling mistake. In the past I have seen the confusion of imputer with inputter. The verb to impute is to attribute something … Continue reading

4th January

Marketing for SMEs part two: master the old-school media

IN MY LAST post, I outlined some of the great free webtools available that small businesses and sole traders can use to help promote their endeavours. For example, social media campaigns are a great way to tap into new markets … Continue reading

25th November

Five embarrassing typos to avoid at all costs

WHEN WE WRITE quickly with the intention of publishing or emailing our work ‘yesterday’, there is a real danger of inserting a mistake that we would not ordinarily make. Consequently, these mistakes have the effect of making us look like … Continue reading

20th November

Spelling explained: dependant or dependent?

THERE ARE SO many words which sound the same and are spelled differently. To make matters more difficult, a number of these words have related meanings, making it even easier for anyone uncertain to pick the wrong one. Take dependant … Continue reading

19th September

Proofreading for business – a guest post

HERE IS A link to my guest post for the Content Desk, a web portal about creating good online content for business. This is a shorter version of my original Word Wizard post about improving your proofreading skills. http://desk.thecontentcloud.net/guides/six-steps-perfect-proof-reading#.VBMMT7Yr6Jg

15th September

Word play: continually or continuously?

DO YOU EVER write a sentence and hesitate over a word? It’s a word you know you know, but somehow when it’s written down it doesn’t look quite right. You can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong with … Continue reading

16th June

Perfect proofreading: part two

LAST WEEK I uploaded a post containing my first five tips for perfect proofreading. It really is possible to publish and print great content if you take the time to look for the most common errors. Here are my final … Continue reading

9th June

Perfect proofreading: part one

HAVE YOU EVER looked back at work you’ve done and wondered just how it ended up with so many mistakes in it? Do you always discover these errors when it’s too late, and you’ve already sent out your customer email … Continue reading

28th May

Word play: envisaged or envisioned?

What can of worms have I opened with use of ‘envisaged’ versus ‘envision’ I wonder? Probably a debate over whether it’s best to UK English or American English! That’s because ‘envisage’ and ‘envision’ technically mean the same thing: to visualise … Continue reading

21st May

Word play: Circumvented or circumnavigated?

TWO WORDS THAT may get inadvertently mixed up are ‘circumvented’ and ‘circumnavigated’. Here is an example of misuse: ‘There was a business deal on the table with some tricky elements, but we managed to circumnavigate those to get what we wanted’. … Continue reading