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Pick a noun, any noun
30 July 2021

Pick a noun, any noun

You may have heard the grammatical term ‘noun’ and know that it names a person, place or thing. But did you know there are several different types of noun? If you think knowing about nouns will make no difference to your writing, this blog will open your eyes to a whole new bag of writing tricks.

Longing for good old Blighty
2 July 2021

Longing for good old Blighty

If you’re one of the unfortunate people still far from home – wherever that may be – due to COVID-19 border closures, you could be grappling with the scourge of homesickness. You may be wondering whether you'll ever make it home. Find out how the word Blighty came to be associated with longing for home.

What to expect from a professional business editor
8 June 2021

What to expect from a professional business editor

You may be lucky enough to work for an organisation with in-house editors who can hone and polish your written communications. More likely, your team will have the task of writing, editing, and proofreading all your written communications themselves without the help of a professional editor. If this sounds like you, find out how a professional outsourced editor can transform your communications.

When and how to use brackets in business writing
23 May 2021

When and how to use brackets in business writing

Parentheses (also known as round brackets) are a useful device to keep in your writing toolbox. Brackets can make reading easier by separating certain information within the text. But sentences that contain brackets can become long, complex and difficult to understand if the brackets are not used correctly.

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.