Word Choice: Similar Words or Similar Meanings

5 months ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Word Choice: Similar Words or Similar Meanings
Our rich and annoying language has many words whose meanings are subtly distinct. It also has many words with similar spellings. Sometimes the two intersect, and we’re faced with a double whammy of confusion. Today we look at three sets of words that we suspect are only there to try…
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Three Confusing Spellings Explained

9 months ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Three Confusing Spellings Explained
We understand. You’ve been under a lot of strain recently. A proofreader’s job is not always easy. And sometimes the wrong spellings just look so right. But don’t be fazed by or rack your brain over the constrictive straitjacket of spelling. Just sit back and join us for a look…
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Negative Prefixes

1 year ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Negative Prefixes
English is a magpie language. It loves to pick up shiny words and word-parts wherever it finds them, and it doesn’t care how disorganised its rules become in the process. Or should that be ‘unorganised’? Look at this noble-as-heck guy. ‘One for sorrow’ indeed. Take prefixes.…
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All Together Now!

1 year ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
All Together Now!
Yes, we’re back again with another exciting edition of Here Are Some Similar Words You Should Look Out For. And if you can think of a better name for this series, please let us know: that one’s terrible. The classic movie Airplane! plays on the similarity between the terms all…
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