When Alright and Anymore Aren’t All Right Any More

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
When Alright and Anymore Aren’t All Right Any More
Even as a proofreader, alright and anymore may not ring any alarm bells. In less formal English, both are common. But two things you may need to know about these words include: That alright technically isn't a word. That anymore (as one word) has a very specific usage. So put…
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Word Choice: Historical vs. Historic

3 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Word Choice: Historical vs. Historic
The invention of the computer was a historic event. Without it we would still be scribbling in the margins of galley proofs, unaided by word-processing software. The invention of the computer was also a historical event, hence our use of the past tense. Yet not every historical event is historic,…
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Word Confusion: Biennial vs. Biannual

3 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Word Confusion: Biennial vs. Biannual
Some similar words are so familiar and so different in meaning that, should a client muddle them up, you will notice them right away. For instance, if an essay refers to Darwin’s theory of revolution, you can safely assume that this is an essay on the Origin of Species, not…
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The Etymology of ‘Proofreading’

3 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
The Etymology of ‘Proofreading’
Here at Proofreading Academy we have a poster on the wall (next to the signed pictures of our favourite pedants of stage and screen) that says, ‘You don’t have to know the etymology of “proofreading” to work here, but it helps!’ Our questionable taste in wall décor aside, the term…
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