Disappearing languages

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_236A quarter of our 7,000 spoken languages are at risk of falling silent. Here is an article about the parallels between biodiversity & cultural diversity.

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The distribution of letters

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_222Ever wondered how the letters are distributed within words? Have a look at these graphs, which show letter frequency at the beginning, middle & end of words. In this analysis, letters in more frequently used words have more weight. The colour indicates the frequency of the letter.

Fascinating stuff, but I’m not sure where it gets us.

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How to use the ellipsis

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_213It took a long time for me to notice that the ellipsis consists of 3 dots.

I picked up that a row of dots means something has been missed out, but it never occurred to me that there was a name for the mark, or conventions for its use. I would just use a random number of dots.

In case you are as misguided as I used to be, this post explains the use of the ellipsis.

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Keeping it simple

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_214We often hear that we should keep our content simple.

It is easy to lose sight of the reasoning behind that plan.

Remind yourself with this post.

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Book benches

Editing_and_Proofreading Blog_323I like this idea. We need more interesting street furniture to brighten up our urban areas. These seats based on classic books will certainly do that.

This link has the maps you need to visit the benches.

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Carry out an autopsy on your writing

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_223We all have weaknesses. That makes us human. If you are aware of your weakness, you have more chance of doing something about it.

Some people only review their writing to look for ways to improve that piece. That is a very important task, but if you only focus on one piece at a time, you are probably missing a trick.

If you look at your work more generally, you will probably be able to spot consistent weaknesses and bad habits. By working on improving those areas, all your work should improve.

You will still need to review & re-write your material, but the process will be easier if you can improve the basic standard.

This post explains how to carry out an autopsy on your writing.

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About beyond

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_257Changes in usage often creep up on us gradually.

This post tracks the change in the use of beyond.

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