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

The difference between proofreading and editing

2021-02-19T15:17:04+10:00

As fairly few business people have used editors and proofreaders, I am often asked to define just what we do. Here are the basic distinctions between proofreading and editing: Proofreading This is a final check for errors, typos and formatting that's gone awry. We cross-check content lists with body copy, check headings are in a consistent [...]

The difference between proofreading and editing2021-02-19T15:17:04+10:00

Zag-zig and hop-hip

2016-12-18T09:18:57+10:00

One of the wonderful laws of language that we know intuitively is the one that governs word order. It's called the rule of ablaut reduplication. Native English speakers have such an ear for it that it's highly unlikely they would ever get it wrong. This rule explains why we don't say zag-zig, or cross-criss, and rules out hop-hip dance. For those [...]

Zag-zig and hop-hip2016-12-18T09:18:57+10:00

How contemporary is your English?

2021-04-09T19:45:05+10:00

Are your English skills keeping up with your modern lifestyle? Today is National Grammar Day – well it is in the US – and that’s my excuse to write to you about contemporary English. We all try to keep our skills up to date, and our English should be no exception. Short of time? Cut straight to [...]

How contemporary is your English?2021-04-09T19:45:05+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

One-minute tip: Beware the ‘Manhattan skyline’

2021-04-09T19:46:06+10:00

When editing prose, I spend quite a bit of time eliminating random initial caps. I've heard this gratuitous capitalisation referred to as the 'Manhattan skyline'. Once you are referring to your organisation in one word (the company, the committee, the university) you can drop that initial cap (e.g. the Association) and Then your Writing [...]

One-minute tip: Beware the ‘Manhattan skyline’2021-04-09T19:46:06+10:00

One-minute tip: Yours sincerely or Yours faithfully?

2021-05-25T13:39:51+10:00

In Australia, 'Yours sincerely' and 'Kind regards' are appropriate letter sign-offs if you have used the recipient's name, such as 'Dear Mr Johnson'.If you have said 'Dear Sir' or 'Dear Madam', use 'Yours faithfully' instead.(My memory-jogger: if you don't know the name of the person you are writing to, you need to have faith your letter [...]

One-minute tip: Yours sincerely or Yours faithfully?2021-05-25T13:39:51+10:00

One-minute tip: Dependent or dependant?

2021-04-09T19:46:29+10:00

Remember which spelling by using 'dependent' in much the same way you use 'independent' (as an adjective). I am dependent/independent; she is a dependent adult / an independent adult. In these examples, dependent – just like independent – is spelled with an 'e'. Then contrast these uses: Our family includes five dependants: one teenager and four [...]

One-minute tip: Dependent or dependant?2021-04-09T19:46:29+10:00