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Potato’s . . . and other apostrophic catastrophes

Bad grammar, Writing tips|

The poor old apostrophe. It’s been abused so often that you wouldn’t blame it for being in long term therapy. So, time to get it up on our wordologist couch and see what the problems are. A very common one is adding it to form plurals. As in a bag of potato’s, a collection of DVD’s, a pair [...]

To comprise or to comprise of, that is the question

Bad grammar, Writing tips|

A great article about grammar rules in the ‘Prospero’ column in The Economist has been generating a heated (and on-going) debate among the copywriting team at Wordsworks Towers recently. It referred to a story about Bryan Henderson, a US grammar obsessive who has apparently edited almost 50,000 Wikipedia articles to remove the phrase “comprise of”. [...]

Is you’re speling cotsing you deerly?

General musings|

Sloppy spelling on company websites drives away half of all potential customers, a study says. Undoing the damage is easier than you think.

12 links of Christmas

General musings|

What better way to celebrate the festive season than your own special Wordsworks Christmas list. Alas, not prezzies I'm afraid, but 12 of the most useful, informative or just downright entertaining words-related websites we've come across.

Share the rage

General musings|

There's another indication and it's called grammar-rage. Tolerance levels drop and you find yourself running up to blackboard menus rubbing out rogue apostrophes.