License or licence?


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

One-minute tip: Write like a local


If you are writing in Word, change your language from US English to Australian English. (Select the whole document, and – in my version of Word – go to Tools then Language.) You will avoid spelling errors such as trialing, fetal, behavior, fulfillment, center, canceling and theater, not to mention all those zzzzzs. Don't [...]

One-minute tip: Write like a local2021-04-09T19:45:38+10:00

One-minute tip: Dependent or dependant?


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

Editing tip #4: Word mix-ups


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