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Order of Adjectives

June 10th, 2020 by Jane Turner

The Royal Order of Adjectives is instinctive for most writers – but well worth understanding.   Did you know there are specific rules as to the order of adjectives in writing? This is one of those largely unspoken rules – so unspoken that I’m not surprised how many writers don’t know about it. Yes, there […]

Oxford Dictionary cleaning up sexist language

March 9th, 2020 by Jane Turner

Brilliant news today – The OED are cleaning up sexist language! The Oxford English Dictionary, or OED, that bible and bastion of all things British English, has begun looking into their sample sentences for sexist language. YAY! No more nagging wives or rabid feminists!  Can I have a cheer?! via GIPHY   The Guardian reports, […]

Challenges to publishing in a scientific journal

March 6th, 2020 by Jane Turner

One of my LinkedIn contacts, Helen Stevens, posted this amazing article. The English language challenge in academic publishing   There is absolutely nothing here I disagree with. The challenges facing those submitting articles to scientific journals are immense. Let’s hope this goes viral.

How to increase your vocabulary

March 6th, 2020 by Jane Turner

People constantly ask me how to increase their vocabulary. Why me? In case you didn’t realise, I’m a bit of a wordsmith. I have a substantial vocabulary and I know a lot about words. So in this post I wanted to talk about vocabulary and idiolect. Your vocabulary and idiolect tell people who you are […]

Demystifying the Apostrophe – how and when to use an apostrophe

February 25th, 2020 by Jane Turner

I’ve noticed through my working life that a good percentage of people have trouble with apostrophes – when and how to use them.  I agree they can be confusing, so here I aim to provide a list of the main things to remember. Firstly, remember that apostrophes are mainly used to indicate ownership/possession or contractions. […]

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