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  • What to Watch for Wednesday Tip of the Week: Insure vs Ensure vs Assure

    Insure vs. Ensure vs. Assure: What to Watch for Wednesday #5

    First off, apologies for the brief and unannounced hiatus. I’ve been battling burnout lately, and of course that’s had a big impact on my blogging. I’m working on getting my head back on straight, so hopefully I can stick to my schedule from here on out. Welcome to another edition of What to Watch for Wednesday, a weekly feature where I go over common issues I see when I’m proofreading…

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    How to Spell License: What to Watch for Wednesday #4

    You know what I’m doing here, folks? I am calling myself out. There is a word that was the bane of my existence for years, that stuck in my craw, that never seemed to come out of my brain correctly when I needed to use it. That word? License. Or Lisence? Lisense? Licence? My old trouble with this tricky lil word took me to the wilds of Google to get…

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    i.e. vs. e.g.: What to Watch for Wednesday #3

    Bobzo the Example guy had many theories about his neighbor, Frank. Bobzo read many books about supernatural creatures, i.e. werewolves, witches, ghosts, and the like, and had concluded that Frank was a vampire. Frank, from what he could tell, seemed to suffer from alliumphobia, e.g. the fear of garlic, and a bit of heliophobia—fear of the sun—as well. Was Frank really a vampire? Clearly! Or did Bobzo just read too…

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    Dashes and Hyphens: What to Watch For Wednesday #2

    The 1400—2022 period of history was quite eventful. Many births, deaths, and other happenings happened-I cannot hazard a guess of how many. And now here we are, in 2023, with more happenings happening every day-so many happenings. Maybe someday, we will take an in–depth look at them all-okay, probably not; this is a proofreading blog, not a news blog. In the meantime, let’s take an in–depth look at what on…

  • What to Watch for Wednesday: Weary vs. Wary

    Welcome to the first edition of What to Watch for Wednesday, a weekly feature where I go over common issues I see when I’m proofreading or wandering through the wilds of the internet. These may be usage errors, common grammar issues, common spelling issues, or anything else along those lines. If you have an issue that you’d like to see highlighted and explained, drop me a line! “I’m weary of…