Blond vs. Blonde

Here’s a fun fact: there’s actually a difference between “blond” and “blonde. And the distinction between the two words is something every good editor and proofreader should know. Plainly, a blond is a fair-haired male, and a blonde is a fair-haired female. “Blond” is the most common between the two versions and is used as an…

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Lay Vs. Lie

“Lie” and “lay” may be the most confusing words in the world for writers. As an editor, I see the confusion all the time. I even double check myself sometimes! I hate these words but there’s no way around it. Here’s how I get it right: I use a chart! I Want to say Present…

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The Art of Italics

Italics: those beautifully slanted words that a lot of people forget to use or overuse. When do you italicize words without the mumbo jumbo? To emphasis a word or expression. “I was not there, no matter what she says!” Foreign words. Perhaps your character is in another country and you want to make it feel more…

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How to Use Hyphens

If you don’t know yet, I’m a proofreader and editor by trade. That means I’ve come across numerous essays, book manuscripts, business documents, and media content. I’ve proofread and edited my way through some pretty interesting–some pretty dense– bodies of work. I’ve enjoyed it all, but, I’ve noticed that many don’t really know how to use…

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