French words and phrases used in English

I love the fact that English is a melting pot of words and phrases from many other languages. Here are some French words and phrases that we use in English. bizarre Strange. blasé Indifferent to something because you have experienced or seen it so often before. brunette Brown hair. cachet A sign of prestige. déjàContinue reading “French words and phrases used in English”

What is a style sheet?

Do you need to use one? If you want your writing to look polished and professional, consistency is key. One way to do this is to create a style sheet. A style sheet is a reference guide that clarifies how you plan to treat certain aspects of writing such as spelling, punctuation, numbers etc. SometimesContinue reading “What is a style sheet?”

What is a contronym?

A contronym is a word that has two meanings that are contradictory to each other. They are spelled and pronounced in the same way but can be confusing if used in the wrong context.  Here are a few examples. Bolt   He bolted the door. He bolted from the shop with the stolen goods.  Continue reading “What is a contronym?”

British English versus American English

George Bernard Shaw once said: “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” The English language is spoken widely around the world, however, there are still many variations in the way it is used, none more so than when we look at the differences between British English and American English. Here areContinue reading “British English versus American English”

Tips on how to improve your own writing

Leave it alone for a little while and then come back to it. It’s always a good idea to come back to your writing after a couple of hours at least. That way you are looking at the content with a fresh pair of eyes and you are more likely to pick up on anyContinue reading “Tips on how to improve your own writing”