Negative Prefixes

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Negative Prefixes
English is a magpie language. It picks up shiny words wherever it can, and it doesn’t care how disorganised its rules become in the process. Or should that be ‘unorganised’? Take prefixes, for instance. We have de-, dis-, un-, and in-, all of which signify that something isn’t the case.…
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Common Latin Terms

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Common Latin Terms
You might want to throw on some Ricky Martin before you read this because we’re going Latin. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be as sexy as Señor Martin was at his hip-gyrating peak. In your proofreading career you will encounter several Latin terms, and you may already be familiar with…
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All Together Now! Or Altogether Now?

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
All Together Now! Or Altogether Now?
The classic movie Airplane! plays on the similarity between the terms all together and altogether. In that film, the protagonist discovers that pressing the autopilot button is counterproductive. But when he explains this and uses the word altogether to mean entirely, his companions respond by echoing his words all together.…
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Unruly Prefixes: Pre and Pro

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Unruly Prefixes: Pre and Pro
Prefixes. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t communicate without ‘em. Can’t even say prefixes without ‘em. And we can see both how essential and how tricky they are by looking at the words prescribe and proscribe. First, though, some preliminaries. Prefixes for Beginners If you’re pursuing a career in proofreading, you…
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