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Note 214 – How the YouTube tool can help writers

YouTube is a video-sharing website bought by Google in November 2006 and according to Wikipedia “each YouTube video is accompanied by a piece of HTML, which can be used to embed it on a page outside the YouTube website”.  This means it can be added to blogs and websites. I hadn’t realised until recently that this networking tool could benefit me as a freelance … Continue reading

Note 213 – The latin term bona fide

The first known use of the Latin term bona fide was in 1632 (source Merriam Webster online dictionary).  Below are some definitions followed by the use of bona fide in sentences. Definitions The definition of bona fide is ‘good faith’. Daily Writing Tips explain that in contract law, “parties must always act in good faith if … Continue reading

Note 212 – Comparing speciality and specialty

What is the true difference between speciality and specialty?  Is it because the former is British English and the latter is American English? I decided to trawl the internet and a few books in the library today to find out some more, but the answer is not that straighforward.  First I’ll start with some definitions. Definition (as … Continue reading

Note 211 – How do you set up ‘no follow’ attributes within WordPress comments?

Occasionally readers may include a link to another site within the comment they leave on your blog.  This might be for a number of reasons, for example: They would genuinely like you to visit their site. You are an authoritative website and in order for them to obtain a search ranking benefit, they want a connection with your site.  I’ve … Continue reading

Note 210 – You can’t put a price on a writer’s notebook

I don’t go anywhere without my moleskin notebook, although I have recently bought a few of paperblanks ones as I’m drawn to their great designs and magnetised closures.  With their acid-free pages (doing the job of preserving) your writing won’t disappear gradually over the years. My very first A4 lined notebook that I began when I was four years old was not of the … Continue reading

Note 209 – The Latin term ‘status quo’

Wiktionary shows this Latin term in two parts: status meaning ‘state’ and quo meaning ‘in which’.  According to Wikipedia, the definition of status quo is ‘current or existing state of affairs’. The status quo is how things are right now, rather than how things could be. Example sentences Fire swept through the town destroying many buildings. … Continue reading

Note 208 – The Latin expression ‘per se’

According to Wikipedia, per se is a Latin phrase meaning ‘in itself’, although the individual Latin words can be defined as: per = by or through se = itself, himself, herself or themselves The Merriam Webster dictionary explains that per se can be used as an adverb or an adjective as follows: Definition of per se as an adverb (source: … Continue reading

Note 207 – The use of the word frisson

Merriam Webster  defines the noun frisson as a “brief moment of emotional excitement”. The Collins English Dictionary has a similar meaning of “shiver of fear or excitement” . The appropriate synonyms are shudder and thrill which is also the translation of frisson in French (according to Did you know that the first known use of this word … Continue reading

Note 206 – Your writing style: be yourself and be unique

Your writing style is unique to you – if people choose to read what you write, it will be because they like your style and the personality that shines through. William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, says that “all writing is a journey; you the writer are asking someone to go on a trip with you”.  This could apply … Continue reading

Note 205 – Writing = Structure + Style + Readability + Grammar

On my way home from work I flicked through The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal in order to get some inspiration for today’s blog. In the introduction he explains that “writing had four pillars – structure, style, readability and grammar” and compares each pillar to a single chair leg. My interpretation of this is the … Continue reading

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