Flannal ❌ Deodorent ❌ Lables ❌ 💬 Family member: You’ll going to have to improve your spelling if you’re to become an English teacher. 19-year-old me: 😬 True story. These were misspellings on my holiday packing list. 🛄 At that time I was doing an English degree. And I had high hopes of being atContinue reading “How can I teach myself to spell? (You’ve just got to get on with it!)”
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Is it theater or theatre? Airplane or aeroplane? And other questions about American vs British spelling.
AmEn vs BrEn 🔎 I consider this when proofreading and it’s dependent on where the book will be released, where the audience is based, the writer’s and readers’ preferences. Other Ens available! You know the difference. 🎭 theater vs theatre or ✈️ airplane vs aeroplane These ones are well known. 🔤 But for a recentContinue reading “Is it theater or theatre? Airplane or aeroplane? And other questions about American vs British spelling.”
Get rid of red squiggles before you take your screenshot.
📢 Recently, a mayor’s open letter was shared on social media. The letter was shared as an image, not a Word doc/PDF. It looks like a screenshot taken at the mayor’s computer. I reckon the mayor’s computer was set to US English but he wanted to write in British English. Word had done its usualContinue reading “Get rid of red squiggles before you take your screenshot.”
Is it stationary or stationery?
✅ You’re a stationery addict… if you’re addicted to buying pens, notebooks, etc. ❌ If you were a stationary addict, you’d be addicted to standing still. 🗽😆 💡 The way I remember it is E for envelopes. StationEry.
Yorkshire Day: my favourite Yorkshire dialect words.
🗯️ You know I’m a fan of regional dialect. Today is #YorkshireDay and, while that’s not my heritage, the 12 years I spent living there were happy ones. To celebrate the linguistic variety of this beloved place, here are a few of my favourite Yorkshire-isms. (Now, it’s a BIG county so not all folk useContinue reading “Yorkshire Day: my favourite Yorkshire dialect words.”
How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?
🤓 I enjoyed the maths! There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. 🔎 I’ve recently proofread ‘The Nick Warner Chronicles Vol II’, an adventure-filled Bildungsroman about the life of a maths genius. Nick navigates tricky life circumstances by applying maths. 🔎 As part of the edit, I checked every hypothesis, theory, concept and formula,Continue reading “How do you hyphenate or use a dash in the names of mathematical concepts? And are they capitalised?”
Five top tips for getting the most out of your library.
5️⃣ Top tips for getting the most out of your library. 📚 1. Non-fiction. I look longingly at hardback non-fiction in bookshop windows but talk myself out of £15+ purchases. Library non-fiction is a great way to try before you buy.* 2. Maps. During lockdown, I was keen to find new walking routes. Google doesn’tContinue reading “Five top tips for getting the most out of your library.”
Do authors get paid when their books are borrowed from libraries? Yes!
❓ Did you know that when you borrow library books, you’re still contributing to an author’s income — whether that’s a physical copy of a book or an ebook/audiobook through services such as Borrowbox. (Excellent, btw!) I’m talking specifically about the UK here, but there may be similar schemes in other countries. It’s worth checkingContinue reading “Do authors get paid when their books are borrowed from libraries? Yes!”
What does the name of my hometown (village! hamlet!) mean?
🐄 ‘Land where young bullocks are kept’. 🗺️ That’s the meaning of Little Strickland, the hamlet where I grew up in Cumbria. (Well, the ‘Strickland’ part anyway.) 🇬🇧 In Old English, stīrc was a young bullock or heifer. There are still lots of young bullocks kept in that area so things haven’t really changed much!Continue reading “What does the name of my hometown (village! hamlet!) mean?”
What is a staycation? Musings on portmanteaus.
🤔 Is it just me, or has the meaning of ‘staycation’ broadened recently? Pretty sure it used to encapsulate the idea of taking time off work, staying at home and going for day trips. News items this week are using it to mean holidays taken in your home country. Is that how you’ve always usedContinue reading “What is a staycation? Musings on portmanteaus.”