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The Ubiquitous Comma Splice

Posted by Diane Hawkins   Dec 14, 2010 3:30:00 AM

It’s no secret that proofreaders have their pet peeves. For this proofreader, the error that leaps off the page of nearly every written communication—from emails, to letters, to newspaper articles, to business documents, to her children’s compositions (a painful admission)—is the often undiagnosed comma splice. So prevalent has this mistake become that it fails to catch the attention of even the most prolific writers and copyeditors, and is considered normal and acceptable punctuation.

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Topics: errors, punctuation

Acceptable Number of Document Errors?

Posted by Conni Eversull   Nov 9, 2010 4:30:00 AM

We recently received the following question from one of our readers:

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Topics: errors, published documents

Wrong Words Make Bad First Impression

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Oct 26, 2010 10:41:00 AM

Making sales today is tough business. Finding jobs is even tougher. And though everybody is allowed a mistake here and there, the gatekeepers to both sales and jobs are clamping down on proposals and resumes, and even speech patterns. They're saying to themselves more and more, "Make the first pass easier by simply eliminating the ones with mistakes." So you want to avoid mistakes! Here are some more tips on making the right choice in words:

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Topics: errors, misused words, proposals

Proofreading Errors

Posted by Conni Eversull   Sep 28, 2010 4:00:00 AM

I've posted before that typos, bad grammar and poor punctuation really drive me crazy. So this week, I'm sharing some posts and a video I've seen that speak to my frustrations on the subject.

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Topics: errors, typos

More Mis-Used Words in Business Writing

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Apr 20, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Here are more words that business writers often confuse. Check your writing to be sure you don't fall into word confusion. 

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Topics: errors, misused words, business writing

Libyan Terrorist Suffers from "Prostrate" Cancer

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 25, 2009 1:50:00 PM

Years ago we had a daily page on our ProofreadNOW.com site dedicated to finding a grammar, punctuation, or typographical error a day in the Wall Street Journal. Back then it was an ordeal to actually find an error a day, given that the WSJ was just about the most thoroughly edited paper in print.

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Topics: errors, proofreading, typo

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