Tag Archives : proofreading

Good Signs Gone Bad: When Will The Madness Stop?

By now, most school districts around the country have begun another academic year. Many students complete their writing assignments on computers, but such technological wonders as a spell checker, formatting tools and a pop-up dictionary/thesaurus don’t seem to be helping high school graduates succeed at writing. Consider this recent news item from The Huffington Post: […]

‘Like’ Us on Facebook, and We’ll Remind You Why Words Still Matter

Do you get frustrated when other people misuse apostrophes, or are you a misuser yourself? Do you agree that “reading is the gateway to whatever we want to do” and that “nothing leaves a bad first impression like a poorly written or poorly punctuated email”? And do you simply enjoy words because they’re words? If […]

‘Weird Al’: English Teacher of the Year?

“Weird Al” Yankovic, king of pop-song parodies, has done more for the English language this week than some teachers do in a year.  To promote his latest album, Mandatory Fun — which contains parodies of Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”) and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”) — “Weird Al” is in the midst of releasing eight […]

Where Is One of the Last Places You Want to See Typos?

I hate typos, but we’re all guilty of making them. What really frustrates me, as a writer and editor, is seeing completely inexcusable typos. Near downtown Madison, Wis., for example, a restaurant illuminates a fluorescent sign every single night that reads: “Immediate Seatnig.” Lately I’ve noticed typos in one public place where they should never be: […]