Category: Language

  • Stepping into 2021

    As I’d planned, my first book of the new year is ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron. The book is designed to be a course to artistic recovery over 12 weeks with exercises at the end of each chapter. Today was my first day of writing the morning pages. I spoke about this in an […]

  • Usage Rules – ‘Avail’

    I have often seen people misuse the word ‘Avail’. Here are directions on how to use the word from the Grammarist blog

  • What are dangling modifiers? How do we fix them?

    See the following link and you’ll know:

  • Handy English Language Presentations

    If you are a copy editor or English language expert who has been asked to give a presentation on English grammar, here’s a useful link for you. This link contains several English grammar presentations that you can use to “teach” your colleagues. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

  • Homophones – What are they? A quick test to see where you stand.

    According to Wikipedia, “A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too. Homophones that are spelled the […]

  • The Read-Write Debate

    Should we write as we speak or speak as we write?   According to Jyoti Sanyal, author of “Indlish—the book for every English-Speaking Indian”, this debate has been going on for centuries. He says that written English began as a write-as-you speak movement. Casual, simple writing was encouraged. A good example of this is Geoffrey […]

  • New Words in the English Lexicon

    Bucknor: (n) (adj) 1. Temporary blindness leading to missing out on the obvious. 2. To be at the wrong place at the wrong time. 3. Situations leading to grave judgmental errors. Usage: I feel bucknored by my boss;  Life often throws a bucknor at you. Benson: (n) (adj) 1. Something that legitimises a severe bucknor. […]

  • Top Ten Tips on Business Writing

    It doesn’t take much to improve the quality of most business writing. Just muttering “shorter, clearer, stronger” in each editor’s ear twice a day will take you a surprisingly long way. This down-to-earth “how-to” guide for editors and writers will take you a long way in the right direction. Know who your readers are. Consumers […]

  • Interaction with American clients: Useful tips

    Here’s an e-mail I received, which provides useful tips while interacting with American clients. 1.Do not write “the same” in an email – it makes little sense to them.    Example – I will try to organize the project artifacts and inform you of the same when it is done.    This is somewhat an Indian […]

  • Interesting facts about English

    China has more English speakers than the United States . The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the english language. (Sentences containing every letter of the alphabet are called “pangrams”, or “holalphabetic sentences”.) “Bookkeeper” is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters. Colgate […]