Category Archives: Bits & bobs

Oddments that don’t really fit anywhere else!

We are now a Chartered Institute!

Today is our first working day as the Chartered Instuitute of Editing and Proofreading, having changed our name from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders yesterday. This is the result of a lot of hard work by our Council, who … Continue reading

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Proofreading recipies (or possibly not)

Some things are easier to check than others. If you can work through logically, and keep track of where you’ve got to, it usually helps. Sometimes a check list is useful, but for some jobs, ticking things off seems to … Continue reading

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Support the campaign to axe VAT on digital publications

Publishers’ Licensing Services are running a campaign to modernise the law which charges VAT on electronic books. Even though the budget is over for this time, it is still worth making the point. There are many reasons why this tax … Continue reading

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Some old phrases

We’ve got a collection of well known sayings today: Pig in a poke Touch wood/knock on wood Old besom Safe as houses Spin a yarn Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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The linguistics of colour names

This fascinating short video¬†explains how different languages have treated the process of categorising colours. The discussion highlights two important features of any process of analysis: Before you start, your terms need to be defined, but then those definitions need to … Continue reading

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A change of policy

If you have read about blogging, you will know that most people say that it is important to post regularly on your blog. I have been writing this blog for several years now, and in that time my method has … Continue reading

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The Big Apple

Ever wondered where that phrase comes from? Find out here. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Online Marketer, Web Analyst, or Data Scientist?

Here is an interesting opinion about changing roles and titles. Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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Are those New Year resolutions beginning to slip?

Do you need to get more out of your day to achieve those targets? Well you know what they say. Early to bed, early to rise… Read about the advantages of being the early bird. Visit my websites via the … Continue reading

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About dead ringers getting your goat

It is about time we had a couple¬†of word histories again: Dead ringer Get one’s goat Visit my websites via the links at the top of this page.

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