Weekly Words Q-V

the picture is a hint for a word below Regrettably/Regretfully Regrettable: (adj) regrettably (adv) causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable. Regretfully: (adv)\Regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done. Reluctant/Reticent Reluctant: (adj) unwilling; disincline; struggling in opposition. a reluctant candidate. Reticent: (adj) disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved. reluctant or restrained. Stationary/Stationery (see my mnemonic device how to […]

The Bumpy Road

I created a partial metaphor yesterday while sending love and prayers to an ill friend. As I responded later, I realized I was also speaking about my life, especially the recent past. The last two years have been particularly challenging in ways I never imagined. They involved personal issues, family medical, dementia of a parent, […]

Weekly Words M-Q

This week we will explore a few words from categories that are as confusing as some of the words! Most of us are familiar with homonyms, but did you know they have a sub-category: (homophones)? Then we have homographs to add more to the mix. Let’s hope this article helps clear things up a bit. […]

Weekly Words F-L

This week I explore the misunderstood use of a few words from f-l. I was also asked to repost affect/effect and ensure/insure. Affect – (verb) to act on; produce an effect; change My poor windows affect the temperature in the house. Effect – (noun) a result; something that is produced by cause; a consequence The […]

Confusing Words-Week Two

Selection A-G As promised, here is week two of words that may be confusing. Since I will be going alphabetically, I am choosing a few words from A-G. aural/oral/verbal: Aural: comes from ‘aura” – think ‘a’ — atmosphere; ear, hearing, sensation, distinct quality. Oral: think dentist – through the mouth, spoken. Oral is only through […]

Confusing English Words

Be Sure to Choose the Correct Word. We all know the English language can be a bit confusing. Imagine being non-American and trying to learn English. Many people repeat words they hear, but confuse it with what was intended. Each week, I will display a few common misused words. Adverse – unfavorable, opposing, contrary. Adverse […]

Elements of Style

Ellipsis and Dashes Some people may not know what the ellipsis and dash are—or know and don’t use them. That’s fine. However, these punctuation marks are more elements to store in your arsenal for professional writing. Used correctly, those “in the know” will recognize that you took time for that extra step in professionalism. In […]

Which vs. That

Or — Witch vs. That Wouldn’t this be so much easier if it were the latter dilemma? These two words are a pair that confuse me. Most pairs of confusing terms are easy to remember once you understand the difference (affect vs. effect). But for these two – I need a mnemonic device! In searching […]

Editing or Proofreading?

Many people ask what the difference is between editing and proofreading. They are different, but I would say do both. However, if you are or have engaged a good writer, most of the editing has been accomplished and all you need is an excellent proofreader. Editing is about content – the message, the voice of […]

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