Posts filed under: Writing

I enjoyed a newspaper article recently looking at the quirks of the language, with popular misconceptions,  malapropisms and genuine shops names. (My favourites were Sellfridges fridge shop in Stoke Newington and Napoleon Boiler Parts in Hampshire). Best of all was...
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I ran a new course on Thursday for a PR company. The one-day workshop  was a blend of media training and writing skills. We looked at examples of bad press releases, discussed how to pitch to journalists and debated whether...
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This is a question I have been asked several times. It crops up so much I now include an explanation of the difference between the two words in our Sentence Works courses. I think the confusion arises because the prefixes...
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It’s just over a week until the kids put on their skeleton costumes, grab their swagbags and frighten the life out the locals at Halloween. Or is it Hallowe’en? The event was originally known as All Hallows Even, later simply...
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Here at The Sentence Works Towers we do love to write. And hopefully whatever we write, we make sure we do it well. But we appreciate that not everyone enjoys this process quite as much. That could even apply to...
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I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved with the National Literacy Trust’s journalism competition “My Words, My World.” Secondary schoolchildren are being invited to submit an article on a subject of their choice, with the winning entry being published in First...
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I was pleased to read an article in Saturday’s Times about the autocorrect on iPhones helping to ensure apostrophes are used appropriately. Even if the user doesn’t really know how to use an apostrophe, the autocorrect slips it in (or...
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There are many words in our language that seem to be interchangeable but actually have subtle differences in meaning. Have you ever stopped to think about the difference between continuous and continual, for instance? They don’t actually mean the same...
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I spent most of our day out on Bank Holiday Monday “amusing” the family by pointing out various spelling and punctuation mistakes along our route. Honestly, it’s really good fun being married to me…. We’d barely got to the end...
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I can’t help feeling sorry for Lewes MP Norman Baker, who spelt Sussex as “Susex” on the front cover of a booklet sent out to constituents. I’d class this as a typo rather than a spelling mistake, as I am...
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