License or licence?

2017-05-02T05:33:25+10:00

by Rajan Venkataraman Americans are different. You don’t have to be a keen observer of US politics – with its primaries and electoral college, with its government shutdowns and its tea party – to reach this conclusion. They speak a different language too. The first thing you notice, of course, is the [...]

License or licence?2017-05-02T05:33:25+10:00

An editor’s week

2017-04-26T07:19:18+10:00

Variety is a significant pleasure for a business-document editor. Not only is variety stimulating, but the work that comes across our desks at Hit Send (or rather, across our screens) also provides a fascinating insight into local and overseas businesses, Tasmanian government policy, and plans for our State. Monday First up is the bimonthly Seafood Industry News. [...]

An editor’s week2017-04-26T07:19:18+10:00

Punctuating ‘however’

2021-04-09T19:41:53+10:00

‘However’ is similar in meaning to ‘but’, with a longer pause built in. What’s tricky is that ‘however’ isn’t interchangeable with ‘but’, and it’s punctuated differently. In fact, punctuating the word ‘however’ is about the most common problem we see as editors. Here are some guidelines: But But is a ‘conjunction’ in grammar, and it [...]

Punctuating ‘however’2021-04-09T19:41:53+10:00

Semicolons: endangered but not extinct

2021-04-09T19:44:41+10:00

For plain-English advocates who prefer short sentences, semicolons as a joining device are a no-no; but in the right document, for the right audience, they can greatly improve long sentences and bring variety to your writing style. At Hit Send we do see some pretty odd sentences with semicolons, however, so here are some tips [...]

Semicolons: endangered but not extinct2021-04-09T19:44:41+10:00

Editing in British English while you sleep

2016-10-14T03:34:14+10:00

It was breakfast time one morning in mid-December, my editing jobs were tidied away, and I was enjoying the sense of anticipation about what the day would bring. My phone rang. "Is that Hit Send?" The voice was evidently British and the call had that long-distance fuzziness to it. "It is." "I'm just going to [...]

Editing in British English while you sleep2016-10-14T03:34:14+10:00

From Misspelled Monday to Phonetic Friday: An editor’s week

2016-10-14T03:34:14+10:00

Hit Send runs a series of grammar tips and thoughts on our Facebook page. Here's a selection of the best for you. Misspelled Monday On ‪Misspelled Monday‬, I recall this useful spelling principle. A school principal is a prince and a pal (well, once you reach year 12), and the same applies to anything of foremost importance. A [...]

From Misspelled Monday to Phonetic Friday: An editor’s week2016-10-14T03:34:14+10:00

He said, she said: Elegant editing

2021-01-31T17:01:33+10:00

Do you struggle with the ‘he said’, ‘she said’ of handling quotes in your business writing? Maybe you’d like to incorporate a little more variety? Here are some unobtrusive mechanisms to help you. 1. Weave the quote in Weave spoken quotes into the middle of your text; don’t just place them at the beginning or end [...]

He said, she said: Elegant editing2021-01-31T17:01:33+10:00

Editing tip #1: Twelve items or fewer

2016-12-18T22:13:49+10:00

It delighted me to see the introduction of DIY checkouts recently at my local supermarket, but perhaps not for the usual reasons you'd expect. Yes, it's quicker to get through the checkout now, and no, I don't have to chat to the checkout chick or rooster if I don't feel inclined (which I enjoyed anyway). [...]

Editing tip #1: Twelve items or fewer2016-12-18T22:13:49+10:00