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

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

Editing for the ‘bogy-haunted creatures’

2016-10-14T03:34:16+10:00

When I was young and still impressionable, my father often quoted Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1965 edition) to me verbatim. His favourite section tickled his sense of humour and concerned split infinitives. It began as follows: “The English-speaking world may be divided into (1) those who neither know nor care what a split infinitive is; [...]

Editing for the ‘bogy-haunted creatures’2016-10-14T03:34:16+10:00

‘Design is how it works’

2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

With thanks to our guest blogger, Monica Plunkett of Halibut Creative “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs Contrary to popular belief, we designers are not just about making things look pretty. Whether it’s a brochure, poster or website, great design is actually about communicating [...]

‘Design is how it works’2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

Editing tip #5: Are you pulling your punches?

2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

Many executives receive an easy 50+ emails per day. Are yours being read? Just as important, are they acted upon? Do you ask questions in your emails, but find that only some questions receive responses? And in return do you receive emails that are ‘fluffy’ and incomprehensible? To try and minimise these problems and give your own [...]

Editing tip #5: Are you pulling your punches?2016-10-14T03:34:17+10:00

One-minute tip: Let’s start at the very beginning

2021-04-09T19:46:45+10:00

In many instances, you may find you can improve what you have written by removing the first sentence. As getting started can be a bit of a hurdle, it's common to prevaricate and write an introduction, or some background; you're still busy getting your head around what you want to say. The result is a bit fluffy, with this introductory sentence slowing down the [...]

One-minute tip: Let’s start at the very beginning2021-04-09T19:46:45+10:00

Editing tip #4: Word mix-ups

2016-12-18T22:18:02+10:00

Here are the five most common word mix-ups I’ve found while proofreading over the past month. 1. Sort and sought … especially with the phrase ‘sought-after’. Correct usage: I’ll sort out the details tomorrow. (That one’s easy, yep?) This house is in a sought-after location. 2. Bought and brought Is this confusion unique to [...]

Editing tip #4: Word mix-ups2016-12-18T22:18:02+10:00

Editing tip #3: The basics of clear writing

2016-10-14T03:34:18+10:00

Here we step back and provide some reminders for writing clear business English. They apply whether you are writing a report, a newsletter or a story for your website. 1. Plan what you want to say Dot points or headings are great for planning, getting content in the best order, and subsequently checking you’ve covered everything. [...]

Editing tip #3: The basics of clear writing2016-10-14T03:34:18+10:00

Editing tip #2: Getting apostrophes to behave

2016-12-18T22:21:19+10:00

The apostrophe can be troublesome, no doubt about it. While there are many occasions when it should be used (judiciously, in the right spot...) let's start with three of its former uses that no longer apply. Contrary to many grocers’ blackboards advertising tomato’s or potato’s, the apostrophe does not have a place in forming plurals. [...]

Editing tip #2: Getting apostrophes to behave2016-12-18T22:21:19+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