Nominalisation is one of our pet hates. It's also one of the commonest ways in which writing falls down.
Hoa Loranger might be our new hero. In a recent post for usability gurus Nielsen Norman, Hoa identified five words that leave most readers cold. And we've added three of our own, too.
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 [...]
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”. [...]
In the age of the text message, the status update and the tweet, formal punctuation is out. Txt speak, acronyms and punctuation-free statements are in! But as this example shows, omit punctuation at your peril