"breath" vs. "breathe"

Writing Tip 209: “Breath” vs. “Breathe”

Take a deep breath. These two words are rather easy to remember. No hyperventilation required. We aren’t going to do any breathing exercises here, only speaking exercises. Say these words aloud with me. Breath. Breathe. No this isn’t a meta meditation.

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Insurmountable mountain

Writing Tip 208: When to use “In-” vs. “Un-” Prefixes

The good news is that there is solid reasoning behind when you use the prefix of “in-” versus when you use “un-”; the bad news is that this logic will only help you if you have a solid understanding of language history. In all cases discussed here, these prefixes mean “not” or the opposite of […]

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Bee Business and Busyness

Writing Tip 207: “Business” vs. “Busyness”

I don’t want to get all up in your business, but no matter how busy you are, make sure you know the difference between “business” vs. “busyness.” I see the logic of this typo. After all, when you’re talking about the state of being happy, the word is “happiness”; when you mention how someone is […]

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Nip it in the bud

Writing Tip 206: “Nip it in the…”

Something we really need to nip in the bud is the typo “nip in the butt.” I promise you, that’s not the correct version of this idiom. This expression goes back to gardening. If you’re trimming back something problematic, you nip it in the bud, removing the buds before they grew into something bigger, wilder, […]

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Writing Tip 205: “Access” vs. “Assess”

Writing Tip 205: “Access” vs. “Assess”

When you want to assess who has access to something, your spelling matters, doesn’t it? Oh, there are so many directions I could take this conversation, but I’m going to keep it incredibly simple.

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"Faux pas" vs. "Faux pas"

Writing Tip 203: “Faux Pas” vs. “Faux Pa” vs. “Fo pah”

If you’re writing about a “faux pa,” I’m tempted to ask, who’s you’re daddy? Though, maybe I should back up… Remember, the phrase you’re looking for seeped into English from French. Phonetic spelling never works in such instances. It’s not “fo pah” or “faux pa.” The correct form of this expression is “faux pas”

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capitalizing earth

Writing Tip 202: Capitalizing “Earth”

Do you feel the earth move under your feet? How about the sky tumbling down, tumbling down? Are you singing along in your head, or are you really just nervous about your grammar? Do you know when to capitalize the “e” in “Earth” or when to leave it in lowercase? We all know the name […]

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