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The basics

In Copywriting, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Punctuation, Spelling, Writing on June 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It’s been a while, I know, and I apologize for that. There is no excuse, but I have been busy.

I also know that I have committed to a blog a month at least. Not only to you, but to myself. Just to keep the learning going.

It wasn’t that I was struggling for an idea for the next blog; or what I wanted to share. It was that I had all these ideas, and then upon reflecting on them, realized they fell short. Or at least I thought. You see, I got so excited about sharing them, I wasn’t even sure anyone else would get as excited. So those ideas are shelved. For now.

In my line of work, I come across different styles of writing in various degrees.

Sometimes I am thrown pages of content and my job is to clean it up. Structure the mess into something that half resembles a cohesive piece of work.

Suffice to say, the day is never dull.

I recently had to review a couple of pieces that got me thinking, and this sparked an idea for a blog.

And I apologize if it seems like it took me forever to get here, but I’m getting to the point.

If you’re still reading, great. Let’s continue.

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The spelling bee

In Copywriting, Grammar, Language, Punctuation, Spelling on July 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

Have you ever come across copy and bad spelling turned you off reading it? Are you sitting there nodding vehemently?

To spell or not to spell. That should be the question.

Some posts back, I touched on spelling. Very briefly.

There’s nothing worse than badly spelled copy. It’s a turn-off. It’s a distraction. As a reader, you lose sight of the journey the writer is taking you on. As a writer who can’t spell, your credibility becomes questionable.

Plus, it’s unprofessional.

We can certainly partly blame autocorrect spelling or texting abbreviations. Partly. Because seriously, let’s face it, there should be no excuse.

So let’s spell.

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Isn’t it ironic

In Copywriting, Grammar, Language on July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Here’s a cause for a pause.

A conversation the other day where the other party went: ‘It’s ironical.’

To which I replied: ‘Ironic not ironical.’

But based on what reasoning?

Now the irony is, technically the word ‘ironical’ doesn’t actually mean anything different to the word ‘ironic’; it exists merely as a variation of the word. Add a couple more letters, sure, but it basically means the same thing.

Isn’t that ironic?

Or I could even also say: ‘Isn’t that ironical?’ And I would still be grammatically correct. You get it now.

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