The Never-Ending Battle with Autocorrect

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The Never-Ending Battle with Autocorrect

autocorrectWhile it tends to act quite favourably when you’re typing at lightning speed on a mobile device, autocorrect is more of a troublemaker most of the time. Especially when it comes to texting or emailing on smartphones and such. Sometimes autocorrect knows what word we’re trying to type and it finishes our sentences like it’s our soul mate.

For those times that it chooses not to get us, there are some ways to make sure that grammar, spelling and word choices are in their right places. Here are a few things to consider when dealing with automated grammar police.

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Spring Cleaning: Is it time to refresh your website?

33960331_sThat dreaded time of year is upon us. Although spring cleaning isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to do, it’s necessary for getting rid of what we no longer need. Both to de-clutter and make room for better things as well as to keep things organized.

A good ol’ fashioned cleanup is particularly important for a website. Because of the nature of anything that lives online, you need to stay on top of things to ensure you’re always up to date and relevant. Whether this pertains to what services you offer, what tone you present yourself in or where you’re located, it’s a good idea to make sure these things are in check from time to time.

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A Breakdown of the Different Types of Editing

2349632625_4eba371b56_zWhen you ask someone to edit a document for you, you need to specify exactly what you want done. Editing takes on several forms that involve varying degrees of time, effort and attention to detail. So, here’s a rundown of the main types of editing so you know exactly what to tell your editor:


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Check The Facts

Check The FactsSomeone is reading your company blog, and they see your reference to an accomplishment from last year. They want to learn more about it, as it piques their interest, so they click on the embedded link. To their disappointment, the link they clicked is no longer available and they give up on the subject entirely.

That’s all it takes for someone to turn away. And you certainly don’t want that!

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How To Correct People Without Being Pompous

correcting-peopleThere is a time and place to summon the grammar police. If you’re always correcting people on their misuses and misspellings, then you become that guy. And no one likes him.

But there are times when people need to be corrected, both for their own self-improvement and for the sake of the written word. Oftentimes, however, we’re in a delicate situation where calling someone out does more harm than good — a boss, teacher or other superior, for example.

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Don’t Let A Typo Ruin Your Reputation

typoAlthough they come off as tiny, insignificant, miniscule mistakes, typos are far from that.

It can happen to the best of us. As we’re typing away at lightning speed, we forget to add the apostrophe in it’s or include the e in breathe, and autocorrect doesn’t call us out because those words aren’t wrong. And then, there they are — typos. Until autocorrect figures out how to apply grammar to context, you’re going to have to be more careful.

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Attention, Writers and Editors! Beware the Dangers Lurking in Large Type…

large typeIf you’ve ever had to look through an article or other piece of writing that was presented in a large font, you may have missed some rather obvious errors. Whether the writing was your own or someone else’s, large type lends itself to grammatical and spelling errors being left on the page instead of corrected.

Despite the wording in the title of this post, the issue isn’t really with the size of the type, but with the person editing it. 

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Then vs. Than…Yes They Do Have Different Meanings!

THENIf you needed even more evidence of how one letter can make a big difference, ‘then vs. than’ is a great example. People make mistakes with these two words all the time, but they often slip by unnoticed because the readers don’t know the rule either.

This might be fine in text messages or on social media, but on your website, in business documents or on term papers, it’s best to have a handle on it. When you mix them up, not only is your meaning wrong, but you’ll make yourself look kind of goofy at the same time. 

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What Do All These Proofreading Symbols Mean?

If you have ever had a piece of writing proofread and then handed back to you, you may have seen a variety of different proofreading symbols throughout the text.  If you didn’t see anything, then congratulations!

Proofreading symbols were designed to help keep your pages neat and readable, while still marking the errors that require changes.  Of course, if you aren’t up on all the different symbols, you might end up more confused in the end than if the page had been messed up with notes.

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Could Your Corporate Communications Use Copyediting Services?

corporate communicationsOne of the areas of business that many people don’t give a lot of thought to is how a company communicates with its own people and the outside world.  Corporate communications are an important element of every business, whether it is an actual corporation or not.  A few slip-ups in this area and virtually every aspect of the business could be negatively affected.

Examples of Corporate Communications

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