April 6 2011

Editor’s musings…

by Barbie in Grammar, Writing

We’ve been doing a lot of freelance work on projects ranging from doctoral dissertations to books lately, so here are some common errors we’re seeing:

  • Allowed vs. Aloud: Allowed means “permitted.” Aloud means “out loud.”
  • Text speak: Avoid using abbreviated words (like “thru” instead of “through”) in formal writing.
  • Precision: Including “and more” at the end of the list doesn’t add much to your writing. Practice precision by listing everything readers need to know. Don’t lead them astray with these vague phrases at the end of sentences.