Tag: errors in writing

Why “Blog” and “Glob” are Antigrams

When most people talk of anagrams, the Book of Random Oddities explains, they mean words that can have their letters rearranged to make other words, such as “bat” and “tab”. In the world of recreational wordplay, though, an anagram is a rearrangement of the letters in a word, phrase, or sentence to make a new […]

Words You Never Use in Blogging for Business

“It’s more important than ever before to be mindful not just of what your company says to customers online, but HOW it is said as well,” asserts Jay Baer, author of Hug Your Haters. “Minor shifts in words choice can mean the difference between a great customer interaction and an unruly, offended mob.” There are […]

Don’t Let Your Blog Leave the Wrong “Effect”

“For all the changes to the algorithm Google goes through,” a blog content writer recently assured readers, “only a handful are significant and will effect your ranking – if even that.” Uh-oh – didn’t you mean “affect your ranking”? The verb “effect” means “to cause to come into being” or “to bring about. “When you […]

In a Blog, is Someone One or Two?

“Beware of common grammatical mistakes, like subject-verb agreement,” cautions Helen Coster in Forbes. Rule to remember:  The number of the subject determines the number of the verb. Use a singular verb form after: Nobody Someone Everybody Neither Everyone Each Either “We can agree that a verb agrees with its subject in person and number,” The […]

If You Could Use Proper Grammar and Spelling, That’d Be “Grate”

Kimberly Joki, in her grammarly blog, lists some of the “worst writing mistakes you can make at work.” Even if you are someone who isn’t bothered by a misplaced comma, she says, there will inevitably be coworkers and clients who will notice and who will judge your quality of work by your mistakes, she points […]

Cutting Blog Words Down to Size

National Geographic Kids collects quirky, fun facts, and this week’s Say It For You blog posts are based on some of these. I’ll bet you didn’t know this one: There is a hill in New Zealand named Raumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakotanatahu. (Really?) That’s enough to inspire hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words) in any business blog content writer, I’d say, […]

Words That Help or Hurt a Resume or Blog

According to a 2014 CareerBuilder survey, 68% of hiring managers spend less than two minutes reviewing a resume, so it had better be filled with words they care to see, warns Debra Auerbach. Boy, I couldn’t help thinking, is that ever true for blog content writing as well! In fact, according to Site Meter, the […]

Blame It On… the Printer? the Advertising Department? the Client?

Just whose mistake was that stray apostrophe anyway? I wondered, reading a very clever print ad for a local logistics company in a business publication a couple of weeks ago. Just who should shoulder the blame for writing that its client provide’s quality ingredients? Great ad, by the way, showing a truck making its way […]

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