Archive for March, 2010

In principal, the principle is right…

Wondering what’s wrong here? Or do you find this sentence completely acceptable? In case of the latter, you may need some help with your spelling.

Common mistakes

Some common spelling mistakes apart from the ‘principal’ who generally leads a school and hopefully has some ‘principles’, include:

–          accommodation spelled as ‘accomodation’

–          sought after spelled as ‘sort after’

–          stationery as in writing utensils spelled as ‘stationary’ as in not moving

–          their as in their house, i.e. the house they own, spelled as either ’they’re’ meaning they are or ‘there’ as in there’s a good boy

Why is this important for me?

In the age of social media, open resources and open communication, it is important to be professional. Spelling mistakes certainly undermine this image. Spelling and grammar mistakes are also still one of the most common pitfalls in CVs.

Where can I get help?

There are plenty of resources on the web that can help, for example you can check the 100 most often mispelled misspelled words in English or view an extensive list of commonly misspelled words on good old Wikipedia.

The safer and more professional option, however, is to use a local provider of proofreading and editing services.

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March 24, 2010 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

Buy 1 Give 1

What’s it about?

It’s about making a difference and sharing the joy of giving.

What does this mean?

It means every time someone buys something from a business who is part of Buy1GIVE1, there is a specific contribution made to a worthy cause (selected by the business) automatically.

Who else is doing it?

Individuals, small businesses and large companies worldwide.

How can I help?

If you attend a workshop with TACTICS, you will automatically help sponsor a teacher in Zimbabwe and ultimately help a child learn how to read and write.

I already support a worthy cause!

That’s awesome! Leave a comment and share with us what you’re doing.

March 18, 2010 at 12:33 am 1 comment

Honing your editing skills

I went to a TCANZ workshop called “Honing your editing skills” at the end of last month and wanted to share some of the stuff I learnt.

The instructor

The instructor, Howard Warner, is an experienced editor and plain English enthusiast from Auckland. He is the founder and director of Plain English People.

Types of editing

I found that the most valuable thing I learnt was to define the “discrete stages” that make up the editing process which are:

  • Structural editing
  • Sentence level editing
  • Proofreading

Structural editing

Make sure the necessary sections are there, ordered correctly and weighted appropriately; and that text is divided up into manageable, readable chunks.

Sentence level editing

Check for “a light texture”, consistency, clarity, and accuracy. Ensure short sentences, active voice, common words, etc.

Proofreading

Ensure correct, consistent punctuation; correct spelling, capital letters, consistent terminology, consistent formatting.

Editing & Information Mapping

A properly Information-Mapped document won’t need structural editing. It also helps with some parts of copy editing and formatting, though I think these are still quite separate and still need to be done.

March 11, 2010 at 5:40 am Leave a comment


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