Nov 8

My “Gram­mar Grad­u­a­tion certificate”!

This was fun! Take this gram­mar quiz and see how you do! Gram­mar hap­pens to be “my thing”; if it’s not yours — and you are in need of some writ­ing assis­tance — shame­less plug: be in touch, and let’s see if we’re a good fit to work on your piece together! ~Heidi


Jun 21

Accord­ing to a June 19, 2012, arti­cle in The Wall Street Jour­nal, “This Embar­rasses You and I*: Gram­mar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Infor­mal Email, Tex­ting and Twit­ter. (The arti­cle includes an inter­ac­tive Gram­mar Quiz; check it out!)  “Man­agers are fight­ing an epi­demic of gram­mar gaffes in the work­place. Many of them attribute slip­ping skills to the infor­mal­ity of email, tex­ting and Twit­ter where slang and short­cuts are com­mon. Such loose­ness with lan­guage can cre­ate bad impres­sions with clients, ruin mar­ket­ing mate­ri­als and cause com­mu­ni­ca­tions errors, many man­agers say.”

It will be no sur­prise to any­one that,. as a pro­fes­sional edi­tor, I whole­heart­edly agree! What’s even worse, how­ever, Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

I find lan­guage so inter­est­ing (per­haps the under­state­ment of the year). On any given day, I might edit the same sen­tence in two or three dif­fer­ent ways, depend­ing on the pre­ferred style guide — or just plain per­sonal pref­er­ences — of the client I’m edit­ing it for. And right there is a prime example:

Some clients would fiercely defend their right to end a sen­tence with a prepo­si­tion because it sounds more like the real way we speak, while oth­ers would insist that it never be done, no mat­ter how pretzel-like the sen­tence may sound (do pret­zels sound? you know what I mean).

'Pretzels' photo (c) 2007, Lenore Edman - license:

Indeed, when I was in 12th-grade Pre-College Com­po­si­tion class, Read the rest of this entry »

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