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Copyediting and proofreading: do you need to do both?
10 May 2021

Copyediting and proofreading: do you need to do both?

Paying attention to detail with your written communications may seem like a waste of time when there are other pressing demands on your time and energy. Yet without a rigorous approach, costly and time consuming errors may slip through which could cause reputational damage. Find out how copyediting and proofreading can help you achieve a high-quality, professional result.

Quirky words that help us through crises
25 April 2021

Quirky words that help us through crises

Major events in history like wars and pandemics bring new words into the language and repurpose old ones. A common slang brings people together and helps us cope with events that threaten to overwhelm us. Find out 3 quirky words Australian and New Zealand troops repurposed in the First World War.

Editing, proofreading or training: which is more cost effective?
19 April 2021

Editing, proofreading or training: which is more cost effective?

Do you want to improve the professionalism of your written communications? Perhaps you have noticed grammatical errors in emails and reports that reflect poorly on the professionalism of your organisation. Or perhaps your internal reports and procedures are long-winded and difficult to read, reducing productivity. Find out how we can help you achieve better outcomes.

The hidden traps of mixed metaphors and tautologies
12 April 2021

The hidden traps of mixed metaphors and tautologies

You may have a vague memory of learning about metaphor and tautology in high school English and know that tautologies and mixed metaphors are to be avoided. But what are metaphors and tautologies? And are there times when they can enhance written communication? Find out how to avoid embarrassing errors from mixed metaphors and tautology in business writing.

How to write 2,000 words in under an hour
3 April 2021

How to write 2,000 words in under an hour

There is a continual drive at work to complete tasks faster and more efficiently. This includes the many communications we need to write from emails to reports and other documents. For many office workers, this means spending a sizeable proportion of the day at their computer keyboard. Here are 3 essential steps to increase your writing efficiency.

Why breath is sometimes spelled with an ‘e’ and lead drops the ‘a’
19 March 2021

Why breath is sometimes spelled with an ‘e’ and lead drops the ‘a’

Knowledge is power and knowledge of grammar gives you power over the English language. If you don't feel confident with spelling and are relying on a spell and grammar checker to pick up all errors, you may slip up on the words breath and breathe and lead and led. Find out why.

When repeating a particular word is a good thing
5 March 2021

When repeating a particular word is a good thing

English is a highly versatile language that has a rich and extensive vocabulary from which to choose. Using a variety of words with a similar meaning can certainly make your writing more interesting and avoid boredom from reading the same word over and over. But choosing a particular term, and using that word throughout the communication, is sometimes necessary to create clarity.

Writing for a global audience: 4 common phrases to avoid
26 February 2021

Writing for a global audience: 4 common phrases to avoid

With almost 400 million people speaking English as their first language, and a billion more knowing it as a secondary language, English has emerged in the past few decades as the international language with many businesses mandating English as their common corporate language. Although buzz phrases are best avoided in all business communications, they can be particularly problematic when writing for a global audience.

What do pomegranates and Jimmy Grant have in common?
19 February 2021

What do pomegranates and Jimmy Grant have in common?

Many of our distinctively Australian words have come from regular English words that have been repurposed in a new context. Other words were borrowed from Aboriginal languages, such as the Darug word boomerang. There were also some creative twists to words, such as a gun referring to a fast shearer. But what does this have to do with pomegranates?

The deadline dilemma: how to save time writing reports
15 February 2021

The deadline dilemma: how to save time writing reports

When deadlines are tight, or you don’t know where to start, it’s tempting to put off writing, dash off a first draft at the last minute and submit it in its rough state. Although you might have met your deadline, will your report get the results you need?