Word Choice: Historical vs. Historic

4 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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Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes

4 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes
As the supermarkets begin to stock their shelves with exploding hat-and-joke containers, stuffing-flavour crisps and puddings nobody likes, Michael Bublé comes out of his long hibernation. Listen. He is warming up his voice. ‘A kiss is just a kiss,’ he sings. ‘A sigh is just a sigh.’ But is a…
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Top 5 Grammar Myths

4 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Top 5 Grammar Myths
There comes a time in every proofreader’s life when they’re faced with the unsettling fact that some of the ‘rules’ they have always used are either misleading or downright wrong. This can be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s better to get it over and done with. So grab…
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Windows vs. Mac

4 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Windows vs. Mac
So which is better, Windows or Mac? Fight! Sadly, we can’t make our computers to engage in an epic battle to the death to prove once and for all that Windows machines are better. Therefore, we can’t tell you which kind of computer to use for proofreading. Ultimately, either is…
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