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Note 344 – The word capricious

I heard the word capricious on the television yesterday when someone was referring to the English weather. Although I wasn’t entirely sure of the exact definition of the word, I quite liked the sound of it. According to Merriam-Webster online dictionaries, the adjective capricious (which has been in use since 1601) means: 1. Likely to … Continue reading

Note 341 – Copywriting v copyrighting

Wikipedia defines copywriting as “the act of writing copy for the purpose of marketing and advertising a person, business, opinion or idea”.  Yesterday’s post Note 339 – What is a copywriter? included Socyberty.com’s definition of copywriting which a “unique representation of an idea to hook more and more readers”.  According to The Cambridge Dictionaries online a copywriter is … Continue reading

Note 337 – Comparing lesson and lessen

It’s now April – the final month of My Writing Challenge.  I can feel the pace picking up as I head towards the finishing line.  Now for today’s post… After been horrified with myself the other day for writing the word lesson instead of lessen (and quickly correcting it before posting) I thought I’d add a note in my writing notebook.  To use … Continue reading

Note 334 – The word insatiable

Cambridge online dictionary defines insatiable as a desire or need “too great to be satisfied”.  According to Wiktionary.org, nouns to which insatiable is often applied are appetite, desire, curiosity, thirst, hunger, need and greed.  Sentences using the word insatiable The man had an insatiable curiosity about life He constantly read books to feed his insatiable thirst for knowledge … Continue reading

Note 333 – The use of sited, cited and sighted

Sited, cited and sighted are homophones, which are words that sound the same but are spelt differently.  I accidentally wrote sited instead of cited in one of my blog posts the other day, but fortunately spotted it (or sighted it) it before posting.  The sentence I wrote in Note 330 – Do you write snuck or sneaked? was “snuck (as opposed … Continue reading

Note 332 – The posessive pronoun “theirs” has no apostrophe

If you see the word theirs with an apostrophe before the ‘s’, it is incorrect.  Theirs is a third person posessive pronoun used in place of their + noun, for example, if you say “the house is theirs” you could split theirs into their + noun which makes it “the house is their house“. Putting an apostrophe  … Continue reading

Note 331 – Cringing at the use of they’re, there and their…

They’re, there and their are homophones, which means they are words which sound the same but are spelt differently. I don’t have a problem remembering which one to use (and tend to cringe when I see it written incorrectly); however, being a common spelling error, a work colleague asked me to add a post in … Continue reading

Note 330 – Do you write snuck or sneaked?

Snuck is not a word I tend to use, but I came across it yesterday when I was looking up something else. According to an article by Maeve Maddox, Daily Writing Tips.com, “the word snuck, as the simple past of sneak, is regarded with disdain by many speakers and writers”.  Sneaked is the correct past tense … Continue reading

Note 329 – The controversy about the word irregardless

When I saw the word irregardless written in The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, I was drawn to what it said beside it, which was “it should be regardless”. They explain that people have a desire to add in a prefix to make a word negative; however, by adding ‘ir-‘ … Continue reading

Note 328 – Is the floor inside and the ground outside?

A work colleague asked me if I’d written a blog about the difference between floor and ground (which I hadn’t up to now). We discussed that the word floor possibly meant inside and the word ground referred to outside. I wasn’t expecting to find anything relevant or even interesting on the internet about this difference; … Continue reading

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