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Tips and articles relating to Grammar Workshop

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Words we invented by getting them wrong, fascinating!

Every organisation has its grammar pedant who firmly believes that rules are rules and should be upheld.…

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20 December 2016


Oxford dictionaries' blog post busts grammar myths, very refreshing

One of the challenges of copywriting in publishing can be very close to home: how to negotiate with the (always senior) colleague who believes in following grammatical ‘rules’ at all times, even if the result is more formal and clunky than you want.…

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25 October 2016


Three quotes to cheer you the next time you're writing copy

I stumbled across all three of these recently, love them, they’re so true!

‘It is always better to have a few people read your advertisement and buy your product than to have a lot of them read it and do nothing about it.…

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21 June 2016


When to use hyphens, free guide from the Campaign for Plain English

You no longer hyphenate ‘web-site’, do you? What about ‘co-ordinate’? ‘Best-selling?’

Hyphens can cause a lot of confusion, but here’s some Read more

19 January 2016


Tip of the week: A careless error can be all the message your reader sees

Last month I was listening to a US politician being interviewed on the BBC.…

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13 October 2015


The Plain English Campaign's A-Z of Alternative Words

I’ve been recommending this A-Z for over a decade.…

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15 September 2015


The ‘historic present’, great for immediacy or just annoying?

In The Guardian last week, BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys took issue with Melvyn Bragg over the use of the historic present tense in Bragg’s In Our Time radio programme.…

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5 August 2014


Book review: Alphabetical, irresistible for language lovers (and nerds like me!)

This wonderful book gives each letter of the current English alphabet a chapter, explaining how it came about and how it’s evolved.…

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4 March 2014


Tip of the week: If you’re selling quality, be paranoid about errors

Thanks to Andy Patterson, Publisher at History Today, for forwarding me an email he’d received that made us both squirm with embarrassment.…

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4 February 2014


Tip of the week: Watch out for rogue commas

Spotted on a sandwich wrapper during a copywriting day: ‘The chicken in your sandwich is made with chicken, from carefully selected British farms.…

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12 November 2013

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